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Mt. Wakakusa Yamayaki

若草山山焼き
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Data ID 290200141
Name of film commission Nara Prefectural Film Commission
Catchphrase
Location Nara city, Nara prefecture
Date photographed 00/0000
Time photographed Night
Weather photographed Fine
Description The origins are hazy, but the event is spectacular. One theory is that there was a boundary dispute between Kohfukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple in 1760, which got out of hand, resulting in the mountain grass being set alight. Another story is that the locals started burning the mountain to drive away wild boars; still another says that it was meant to scare away ghosts. A torch is lit with sacred fire at Kasugataisha, which is then carried by a procession of Buddhist monks, then the hill is ignited by members of Kohfukuji, Todaiji and Kasugataisha, together. Fireworks are then set off, which, with the burning mountain, can be seen all over Nara city. After burning for 30 minutes or so, members of Nara’s fire brigades duly put out the fires. It can be seen from all over Nara city, but the best places are close to the mountain, around Nara Park. The area becomes very crowded for the fireworks, and there are food stalls set up along the main road leading towards the mountain. The first bonfire is lit around 17:30 and the fireworks usually start at 18:00. The event will be postponed in bad weather.
Era of location (facility) Nothing
Parking not available
Contact Noborioji-cho 30, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8501
Inquiry Phone:0742-27-8478
Fax:0742-27-7215
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