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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  • 101chica10
    101chica10Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm
    what the =3)
    • LOLTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm
      COOL
      • twerk69
        twerk69Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm
        i know right
      • GRANDSPORTTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm
        how long do you think they have been doing this? let me know in the comments
        • Peetalover21Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm
          how old do you have to be to do this if you know please comment back.
          • yolobro222Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm
            this is a amazing text
            • GRANDSPORTTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm
              how long do you think they have done it for?
              • Superman2.0Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:54 am
                Go to Tokyo. I've been there before!
                • jamaman
                  jamamanTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:11 am
                  i want to walk on fire
                  • gymnastgrl
                    gymnastgrlTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm
                    they are not walking on fire. they just make a path of dirt and walk through.
                  • YoloTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:04 am
                    That hurts I would do it though😊
                    • yo yoTuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:37 am
                      that wouldnt hurt