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Kurama: Matsuri fire festival

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The train is full no possible to close doors!

Kurama is a rural town in the northern mountains of Kyoto City, less than one hour from the city center by train. Kurama is best known for its temple Kurama-dera and its hot spring, one of the most easily accessible hot springs from Kyoto.
It's realy a lovely and peacefull place to visit and sleep, next time I dod that!!!

Outdoor and indoor baths can be enjoyed at Kurama Onsen, a ryokan located at the upper end of the town . It can be reached in a 10 minute walk from the train station along the town's only road or along a nature trail following the river.

On October 22, the Kurama-no-hi Matsuri (Fire Festival=Matsuri in Japan) takes over and dozens of small shrines are whisked through the streets by young men bearing torches. It's really crazy to imagine that in this village where lot of houses are build with wood, and streets are very narrows.

In western country it will be impossible for safety to do a festival like this! You need to be patient and diciplinate, walking slowly when you arrive if you don't want go to the train station and exit city due to police who organise a loop around the center city (half hour for somme people -))) .

 A good plan is to arrive early before 6pm by train,visit the village and preparations and after to  join the top off village to see procession and small shrines ,later around 1 am you come back in the center little more quiet and take your train when queue up is better .

_JL says:
A very HOT festival :)))
hahahaha...
Impresive photos!
Posted on: Aug 31, 2008
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Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
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Kurama village
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Kurama village
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
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Kurama village
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Kurama village
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama village
Kurama village
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri preparation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri organisation
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri organisation
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Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
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15 Kurama-Policemen say "Don't st…
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17 Policeman is very impolite and…
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri & smoke
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi  FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi  FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi  FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi FIRE festival
Kurama-no-hi  MONKS
Kurama-no-hi MONKS
Hadaka men Half nude
Hadaka men Half nude
Hadaka men  & Monks
Hadaka men & Monks
Hadaka men Half nude
Hadaka men Half nude
Hadaka men Half nude
Hadaka men Half nude
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Kurama-no-hi Matsuri
Is very hot in the nude back
Is very hot in the nude back
Sometimes clothe catch fire
Sometimes clothe catch fire
Dont worry! we are in Japan safe …
Don't worry! we are in Japan safe…
Dont worry! Be Happy & Coolllllll
Don't worry! Be Happy & Coolllllll
Ok see tou Later....... is too HOT…
Ok see tou Later....... is too HO…
My last Kurama-no-hi Matsurisphot…
My last Kurama-no-hi Matsuris'pho…
Kurama
photo by: JPLfr13