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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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On the evening of October 22, people light bonfires along the narrow street leading to the Kuramadera Shrine in Kurama, a village in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. Fire is a purifying element according to Shinto teachings, and the village is believed to be protected from accidents on this night. Soon after dusk, torches are lit. Even babies are allowed to carry tiny torches made of twigs, while young men carry torches so large it sometimes takes several men to keep them upright. Everyone chants "Sai-rei! Sai-ryo!" ("Festival, good festival!") as they walk through the streets. More...
Robert Imgrat
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:39:52 AM

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Do they in Japan suffer from hangover after festival? Or is it like their cars, just spotless...
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:07:33 AM

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The village is protected from fire. Doesn't say anything about the burning cars ( I think Nissans give off the most homely glow, but that's just from my experience...)

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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 9:00:28 AM

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striker
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:00:51 AM
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fun harvest festival
Gary98
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:27:27 AM

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Not sure Primitive is the word, but I would rather hear someone reciting a poem.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:58:31 AM

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Yuki-jinja Shrine



Yuki-jinja Shrine dates from the founding of Heian-Kyo (Kyoto), and was established to protect the northern quarter of the city from evil influences. It stands at the base of Kurama Mountain, and is especially picturesque, featuring elaborate buildings from the Momoyama Period(1568-1598), an ancient stone lantern, and cedar trees that are over 800 years old.

It is famous for being the site of the Kurama Fire Festival, which takes place on October 22nd each year, and is one of Kyoto's three great festivals. Massive watch fires are set along the streets of Kurama, and more than 250 pine torches, some weighing as much as 80 kilograms, are lit and paraded along the street up to the shrine along with mikoshi (portable shrines). It is a very dramatic festival, rich with the spirit of ancient times.


http://www.kyoto.travel/2009/11/yuki-jinja-shrine.html
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:56:34 PM

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In Australia, we have back-burning, it clears out the undergrowth which fuels the big bushfires. This does protect us from fire - mostly. Babies with little twig torches? Hard to imagine.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:10:05 PM

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I wonder if anyone over there has considered the effects of global warming, when they light their fires?? But I suppose it would be a spectacular event to witness first hand.
Gary98
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:52:08 PM

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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
I wonder if anyone over there has considered the effects of global warming, when they light their fires?? But I suppose it would be a spectacular event to witness first hand.


Japanese is stubborn and traditional. I do not think they care about the effects of global warming, when they light their fires, just like they have to keep up whale haunting, or like they have to visit Yasukuni Shrine with all those war criminals inside.
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