This fire festival is held to pray for a good harvest in autumn.
This massive torch, called ‘Tonobori’ is 90cm round, approx. 8m long and weighs 100kg.
Young people carry this torches from a house of person in charge of the festival this year to the Sugawara Shrine as a dedication.
As the torch is carried around at a great speed and can be rotated,
it some times looked as if it were going to crush against us… (^_^;)
The torch can be thrown away in the middle of this event, too.
Taken in OudaTawara. Copyright(C) Miki
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