MOUNT TAKAO FIREWALK. HIWATARI MATSURI. SAITO GOMA-KU. PART THE THIRD. THE CAULDRON.

The next part of the ceremony begins.

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He stands before the boiling cauldron.

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All watch.

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Someday I may learn the name of that wand of bamboo.

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Prayer.

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The wand is taken.

Knife-edge intensity follows.

The flailing bamboo goes in and out of the pot.

Water and steam obscure the view.

A high-volume individual voice focuses all on this moment.

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The wand. I wonder what happens to it afterwards?

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This part of the ceremony comes to an end.

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Exeunt.

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