MOUNT TAKAO FIREWALK. HIWATARI MATSURI. SAITO GOMA-KU. PART THE SIXTH. THE GIRL.

Attendees by the thousand patiently waited their turn to walk, shoes removed.

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They stood by the still=steaming cauldron.

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A girl, in pink anorak, came for her turn.

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She was ready.

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One of the monks walked with her.

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Through the scent of cedar and heat of steam.

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She arrived at the end.

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And she was done.

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