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Hiwatari “Fire” Matsuri

Good evenign minna-san, how are you? March is started, but still outside temperature is a bit cold. Which is the problem? Hiwatari Matsuri at Mount Takao is the perfect solution! Held every year on the second sunday of March, this “fire walking festival” is originally a kind of purification ceremony (japanese call it “ogoma”), and it`s just a part of the training path of “Shugendo” (an ancient and unique religion in Japan) followers. During this particular ceremony, they prepare a huge fire and perform a ritual process, through which they pray for peace and good health. But the “spectacular” part of it comes at the end, when the barefooted monks […]