Travel Stock Photo: ID # JPON006

Copyright : Jean-Philippe Soule

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Themes & Categories:

Lifestyles - Festivals & Celebrations

Lifestyles - Religion & Ritual

Destinations - Japan

Title:

Oniyo Matsuri (Fire Festival), Kurume, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan.

Caption:

The Oniyo Festival is a Shinto ritual to expel evil spirits and epidemics. It is one of the three largest fire festivals in Japan along with Kurama Fire Festival in Kyoto and Nachi Fire Festival in Wakayama.
The festival has its origin in a 1600-year-old legend. It is now held every year on January 7 at the Daizenji Tamatare-gu Shrine.

Fan-bearing members of each team try in vain to keep the air above the crowd free of flaming particles. The ash coats peoples shoulders and burns holes through nylon jackets.
 

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Country: Japan   /   City: Fukuoka

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