Gozan no Okuribi more commonly known as Daimonji Yaki is a festival in Kyoto, Japan. It is the big event of the Obon festival on August 16, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world—thus the name Okuribi roughly, “send-off fire”.
Before that, I went to see the one in Nara last night. There you can also see fire festival praying for the war dead memorians and world peace.
The memorial service held at the fire field around 6:50 pm.
Both the Shinto and the Buddhist ceremonies are held in order to support the 29,243 pillars of Nara prefecture spirits.
In addition, it is said that the “large” or “大” character which is the center of the event means the universe, and the number of fire beds forming “large” is 108 as well as human affliction.
The size of “Large” is 109 m in the first image, 164 m in the second image and 128 m in the third stroke, makes it as the largest in Japan.
It was lit at 8:00 pm and you can see from various places in the city.
Oh, and also I got a chance to get delicious pancakes too! Yummy!!
Love and peace