Oni Hashiri – Ogres and Flaming Torches

14th Jan, 2018 1:00pm – 11:00pm

Taking place in the grounds of Nenbutsu Temple in Nara, this fiery performance has been an annual tradition for over 500 years.  Three ogres, armed with flaming torches, scare away evil spirits from the dark temple hall as the sounds of drums, trumpets and bells waken the spirits. The spirits are prevented from ruining the good timings of the new year if the ogres are successful. There will be events from 1pm – including the Demon Run (without lights) at 4pm and the main torch-led demon run at 9pm. The costumes are an incredible sight and the dramatic displays are enough to scare any demons away. The ceremony is considered a national cultural event of historical importance and is an unforgettable sight.

Nenbutsu Temple – 127 Ozucho Gojo, Nara, Nara, 637-0060 

Dates: 14th Jan, 2018
Start/End Time: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: Nenbutsu Temple
Web: http://www.city.gojo.lg.jp...
Link in Japanese
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): JR Yamato-Futami Station
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