Mon, Dec
06

Akibasan Fire Festival (with Video)

3:00pm – 8:00pm
Free

The Akibasan Kongen Yabuse Matsuri—or the Akibasan Protection from Fire Festival takes place at the Akibasan shrine in the Itabashi district of Odawara City.

The festival, which dates from the 16th century, is ostensibly for offering protection from fire. A better description might be “fun with fire”—with robed priests doing a variety of activities with fire including writing Chinese characters in the air with a flaming stick and firing arrows into a bonfire.

Note the fire portion starts at 7pm.

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