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Mount Akiha Hibuse Festival (Fire Prevention Festival)

Western Area 2h15m

On Dec. 6th every year, 'Yamabushi' attired in ascetic Buddhist monks (shugenja) will pray for universal peace and play out Buddhist catechism, then they will perform the ritual called Hiwatari (crossing fire) in which they will walk on the smoldering ashes to pray for good health. The Mt. Akiba has been worshipped as a place where a god of fire prevention resides in, and people related to fire such as fire fighters and employees at thermal power plants from all over Japan come to offer prayers and gratitudes on this day.

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The Hibuse (Fire Prevention) Festival at Ryogakuin, Mount Akihasan

On December 6th the Yamabushi (ascetic monks) in their traditional clothing pray for peace and tranquility across the country. They carry out Yamabushi-Mondou, a Buddist ceremony in which questions in relation to Buddhism are both asked and answered. After this, they participate in the Hiwatari (Fire-crossing) Ceremony, which involves the monks walking over glowing embers and praying for sound ...

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