Dousojin Fire Festival

15 Jan
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Dousojin Fire Festival

The most important festival of the year in Nozawa

A three-storey shrine is built, and the 42 and 25 years old men of the village defend it from intense attacks by the other men of the village, wielding flaming torches to burn it to the ground. They always succeed eventually. It is a Japanese National Intangible Cultural Treasure, and you have to see it to believe it!

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