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Tuesday, 27th August 2013
In Events In Japan,

Mount Fuji shrine lights up with fire festival

Tourists and residents at the foot of Mount Fuji were yesterday (Monday 27th ) delighted and enchanted by the mountain's annual fire festival, which took place at  Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine.

A tradition that stretches back more than 500 years, the event saw a number of portable shrines carried through the city of Yoshida throughout the day, one of which was fashioned in the shape of Mount Fuji itself.

The ritual is conducted in order to make sure the dormant volcano doesn't erupt in the coming year, and involves setting 92 torches alight along the 2.5 km approach to the shrine.

Yoshida's event comes two weeks after the Daimonji celebrations, a culmination of the Obon festival that sees the mountains around Kyoto light up with Japanese symbols in an incredible fiery display.

Tourists looking to travel to Japan next year would do well to time their visits with either of these events to observe the culture at its best.

Written by Graham McPherson


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