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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431 Comments
  • 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
              • LelTuesday, January 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                Cool
                • swirlycool
                  swirlycoolMonday, May 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                  I have 5 Japanese friends that celebrate this.
                  • kawaii_gymnast
                    kawaii_gymnastWednesday, May 25, 2016 at 4:17 am
                    I speak japanese, go to Japan every year in summer break, and went to that festival before. It's not that bad. 😃
                    • knokoutpear51
                      knokoutpear51Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm
                      They do it beacuse their celaberiting something I think???? 😐