Archive for August, 2010

Collecting Daimonji Charcoal on Mt. Funayama (2010)

Collecting Daimonji Charcoal on Mt. Funayama (2010)

Last night was Daimonji (lit. Five Mountains Send-off Fires), a festival in which huge bonfires in the form of Chinese characters and pictograms are burned on the mountainsides. It is a festival like non other in Japan! It is popular to collect some charcoal remnants from the fires. The charcoal is wrapped in Japanese washi …

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