Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Giant grassfires. What's not to love?
Throw in some domesticated deer, hordes of people, and a mountain and nothing could possibly go wrong! And nothing did. Although, it was so cold my mouth muscles were struggling to process a chocolate-filled pancake I had bought on the street. But challenges are character-building!
Every year the dead grass is burnt off of Nara's Mt Wakakusa in a ceremony called 'Wakakusa Yamayaki'. The ceremony itself has somewhat cloudy origins, but I'm fairly certain the tradition was continued due to the allure of fire and food. Today, it's a festival with lots of street food and people and fireworks. There was even some post-ceremony entertainment.