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Sakitama Himatsuri

Sakitama | Sakitama Kofun Park, Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture
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This festival, which takes fire as its symbol, is held each year in early May on the grounds of Sakitama Kofun Park in Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. By retelling the stories written in the Kojiki (an eighth century Japanese text) through elaborate productions that involve large numbers of people, this festival invites visitors into the magic and mysticism of ancient Japan. 300 Cast members holding torches and dressed in period costumes parade on stage. When the deities Ninigino-no-Mikoto and Princess Konohana Sakuya, who lead the procession, throw their torches onto a birthing room made of straw, the entire stage is bathed in the light of the flames. Afterward, a strip of fire resembling a river of lava appears on the side of the mountain and this procession known as the Goshinka Kudari recreates the birth of the deities Umisachihiko and Yamasachihiko. The sight of the flames floating in the darkness is truly impressive.
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Sakitama | Sakitama Kofun Park, Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture
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