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Japan from the inside out

All you have to do is look (83)

Posted by ampontan on Sunday, October 21, 2012

After the Nankai earthquake and tsunami in 1854, Hamaguchi Goryo, then the owner of what is now the Yamasa Corp. created torches out of rice sheaves to guide people to places of refuge in the highlands. Lafcadio Hearn wrote a story about it.

The people of Hiro-mura, Wakayama, hold a festival every year to honor his memory by recreating the torch burning. This year’s festival was yesterday.

The first minute of this video is introductory material, so move the cursor ahead to the 1:03 mark to see what happens at the event itself.

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