One of the most impressive sights in Japan this January, the Wasakusa Yamayaki sees an entire mountainside in Nara go up in flames as fireworks are launched behind it. Although its origins are unclear, possible explanations include disputes about boundary lines between temples, attempts to scare away boar, and even ghosts.
Unfortunately, the event has been scaled back for 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The mountain will be set alight for just five minutes from 6:15pm this year. A limited number of tickets (now sold out) are available for viewing nearby, otherwise try to catch a glimpse from a distance.
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