Friday, 24 August 2012

T.G.I.F.: Hi Matsuri, Fujiyoshida (August 26th~27th)

Pronounced "hee" (not "hai"), the Hi Matsuri ("Fire Festival") of Fujiyoshida near Mt. Fuji promises to be a memorable occasion. From the official website...
"The Yoshida Fire Festival or “Yoshida no Himatsuri” is held every year on August 26th to appease the goddess of Mt. Fuji and to keep the volcano from erupting for another year. Yoshida no Himatsuri also serves as the closing ceremony of the Fuji climbing season. For this lively two day festival, named one of Japan’s three most unique festivals and celebrated for over 500 years, the entire community comes out to watch the burning of large “taimatsu” torches and the parade of two large Omikoshi (portableshrines) through the streets. The Fire Festival is one of Fujiyoshida’s most prized cultural possessions, and this year’s festival promises to live up to its reputation."
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  1. Very nice! Got to appease the Goddess for another year. The Fuji climbing season always seems so short. I got to do it one summer :)

    1. Its a great feeling when you've crossed it of your bucket-list for sure!


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