MOUNT TAKAO FIREWALK. HIWATARI MATSURI. SAITO GOMA-KU. PART THE SECOND. TENDING THE FLAMES.

Where we ended in the previous post, thousands of sticks were being thrown into the flames.

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Buckets of water helped control the fire’s progress.

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Clothing detail: conchs in macramé holders. I’m sure that every single article here has name and history.

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Into the fire…

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Water and long rakes on bamboo stalks for firetending.

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Hot.

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From every side came chanting.

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And then…

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