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Fire Festival - Nozawa Onsen 2011


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Preparation for the evenings event. Small bonfire at the front, large bonfire at the back.


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Sake and symbolism are a big part of the festival


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Bundles of sticks being thrown down to villagers to light and attack the main structure


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Bundles of sticks being thrown down to villagers to light and attack the main structure


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Villagers attack the 25 year old males who defend the structure with flaming bundles of sticks


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The 25 year old defenders are well sake'd up - bring it on!


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These are the polite attackers


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Things get very heated, I'm assuming some villagers use this chance to settle old scores! This guy was knocked out cold!


Uploaded: Dec 18 2011 01:51 PM
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More attacking your fellow villagers with burning sticks. Note if you're this close getting photos you are going to end up with cinder holes in your clothes. I nearly lost an eye from an errant fire stick being thrown my way.


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The action continues continuously for a couple of hours!!


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About time for the 42 year old to head on down before it all burns down!


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Main structure starting to flame


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Main structure well aflame


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Crowds were big and apparently getting bigger each year. Great party atmosphere though


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Lots of locals enjoying things


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