Video Of The Week - Japan's Fire-Walking Festival

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On Sunday, March 8th, thousands of people made their way to Tokyo's Mt. Takao to observe a unique tradition - watching practitioners of the Shugendo religion walk across a path of smoldering embers.

Known as the Hiwatari-Matsuri festival, the annual ritual takes place at the Takao-san Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple every second Sunday of March. It is performed by Shugendo's followers also called "Yamabushi" to obtain protection from misfortune and for good health and peace in the world. Visitors wishing to participate can do so at the end, when the embers have cooled to more tolerable temperatures.

Resources: telegraph.co,uk, nipponnews.com

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  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blueWednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:09 am
    oh yikes! why barefoot though?
    • gold3nglare
      gold3nglareThursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:58 am
      I know that this is their culture but that looks painful! And like unnecessary pollution.
      • gold3nglare
        gold3nglareThursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:56 am
        ouch!
        • pinklilcow
          pinklilcowThursday, February 4, 2021 at 3:22 pm
          That Looks painful!
          • IamabossThursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:21 am
            First home work done ✅ thank all
            • IamabossThursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:20 am
              Pretty short but cool 😎
              • legolover100
                legolover100Monday, February 4, 2019 at 8:38 am
                cool
                • SnowSunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:52 pm
                  Nvm souds scary
                  • snowMonday, August 21, 2017 at 7:46 am
                    souds like fun
                    • sjroberts1
                      sjroberts1Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:45 am
                      scary