For the first time in three years, the Akibasan Fire Festival will go ahead.
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.
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