26 December 2010

Memories of 2010 : August, Horanya Himatsuri

Fire, Horanya Matsuri
Nara 2010

How far would you go for your religion and belief ? 

I shot these dramatic scenes during Horanya Himatsuri -Horanya Fire festival- in the peaceful little village of Kashihara near Nara. This 300-year-old festival is held every year to pray for good harvest and prosperity. To this end, the participants (every men of the village) light several torches (diameter 1.5m, 500 kg) that they carry around a shrine until it burns completely.

Lighting up the torch, Horanya Matsuri
Nara 2010

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