Kurama Fire Festival

By Staff Writer
October 21, 2022
The Kurama Fire Festival, held every October, is one of the annual festivals of Yuki Shrine in Kurama, Kyoto. The origin of this festival dates back to around 940, when the shrine was moved from the imperial palace to Kurama in response to a period of unrest, including frequent earthquakes and conflicts. It is said that people made torches from the reeds of the Kamogawa River, set them on fire, and carried them along the road to Kurama. At the festival, the sight of the young men parading down the Kurama Highway carrying large burning torches is a sight to behold.
Men carrying huge burning torches down a city street
Crowd of men carring cmall torches, burning brightly
Large tourches being carried to the Yuki Shrine
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