Omihachiman Sagicho Fire Festival

Photo by Takahiro Asai used under CC

This fiery celebration takes place in mid March each year in and around Himure Hachimangu Shrine in the city of Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture.

in preparation for the fetival, the thirteen neighbourhoods that once surrounded the castle of the famed 16th century warlord Oda Nobunaga, construct elaborate floats from straw, bamboo and paper – competing for the best float prize. Once the winner is decided, they are all ceremoniously burned. While the floats go up in smoke with sparks flying, men with made up faces dance wildly in close proximity to the flames.

Dates:
Venue: Himure Hachimangu Shrine
Web: http://www.omi8.com/maturi...
Link in Japanese
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): Omihachiman Station (30 minutes walk)
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