Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
February 6, 2021
Japan's oldest fire festivalOto Matsuri Festival
Recreating the time the gods descended to earth here, in this ritual of the Kamikura-jinja Shrine (Shingu City, Wakayama Pref.) each household is gifted the fire of the gods. Two thousand men known as “noboriko” or “climbers” don white costumes tied with straw rope and carry torches lit with the sacred fire down 538 steep steps.
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