Ifukube Shrine, Hyogo
During this unique ritual, the sound of taiko drums fills the air and then rings of fire flare one after another. Originally, this religious event began in order to pray for the preservation of the Edo period. It is now one of special features of the region attracting crowds of people every year. The holy fire is built around 6:30 in the evening and then an acrobatic ritual is performed where a flaming bundle of straw is swung through the air.