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Japan: Stunning fire festival lights up Nagano’s night sky02:20

Japan: Stunning fire festival lights up Nagano’s night sky

Japan, Nagano
January 15, 2017 at 19:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of locals and tourists gathered in Nagano, Sunday, to celebrate the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival.

Considered one of the three biggest fire festivals in Japan, the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival takes place every year on January 15th and is staged by males aged between 25 and 42. It is thought that through this traditional ceremony, the men are able to dispel evil spirits and pray for a happy marriage.

It takes roughly one hundred villagers to build the shrine for the Nozawa Fire Festival.

Japan: Stunning fire festival lights up Nagano’s night sky02:20
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Thousands of locals and tourists gathered in Nagano, Sunday, to celebrate the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival.

Considered one of the three biggest fire festivals in Japan, the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival takes place every year on January 15th and is staged by males aged between 25 and 42. It is thought that through this traditional ceremony, the men are able to dispel evil spirits and pray for a happy marriage.

It takes roughly one hundred villagers to build the shrine for the Nozawa Fire Festival.

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