Ota Fire Festival

3rd February 2018

During the Ota Fire Festival, Ota residents send off large paper balloons (kamifusen) designed by various community groups. Each group's balloon carries the wishes and hopes for the year to come, which are believed to come true if the balloon successfully flies into the night sky.

Later in the night, there is a fireworks show followed by the ignition of pillars built from rice straw. Local residents hold bamboo poles called "tenpitsu" with coloured paper attached to the end, set them on fire, and raise them into the air by the heat of the flaming pillars. As with the kamifusen, wishes are written on the tenpitsu and, by being burned and raised up by the fire, it is believed the wishes will be granted.

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