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Fire on the Mountain – Mt. Kurama Fire Festival of Kyoto

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Mt. Kurama in northern Kyoto comes alive with the fires of hundreds of torches some of them over 15 feet long requiring 4-5 men to carry them. It’s a very old tradition going back to the late 8th Century. The torches are used to guide spirits through the human world to their own world so they don’t stray and cause mischief. It’s a great festival with lots of energy.

This from the first time I went in 2005: