Kakunodate Hiburi

13th-14th February 2018

This festival has been historically conducted with the belief that swinging a fireball around your body will purify you from bad energy and evil spirits, keeping you healthy for the new year. While some may participate in Kakunodate Hiburi Matsuri for this very belief, many participate purely for the experience of getting dressed up in traditional festival clothes and swinging a blazing fireball around. The fireballs are made from rice straw and rope and participants can keep their rope as a memento if they wish. Swinging balls of fire are a fantastic spectacle and this festival is a great opportunity for photographers.

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