Ceremony at Nyoirin-ji Temple 2024

Fire ceremony praying for a healthy year

Venue: Nyoirin Temple When: Late Nov 2024

Tokushima prefecture used to be called "Awa" until the Edo era. In those days, ships used lights on the mountains to help with navigation. One such light was on Mt. Nakatsu-mine. This mountain is located at the south-east border of Tokushima city. Trees such as maple trees turn their leaves into colorful red and yellow in November. We can enjoy spectacular scenes especially at Nyoirin-ji temple which is located on the mountain.

In addition, a fire-ceremony "Ohgoma" is held here in November. It's a ceremony to burn away sins, and pray for a healthy year. For the ceremony, they build up a stage with cedar leaves and logs, and then burn them. Smoke rising from the stage travels among the tress like mist.

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Olga 8 years ago
Loved the pics 5 and 7 with leaves! Cool!
Yoshifumi Hara Author 8 years ago
Thank you Olga-san for the comment. I'm glad to hear that.
Takako Sakamoto 8 years ago
Wonderful photos always Hara-san, I'm impressed! I can't believe this is Tokushima!
Yoshifumi Hara Author 8 years ago
Thank you Takako-san and Jerome-san. I do recommend this temple in autumn.
Victoria Vlisides 8 years ago
The leaf shot just made my day! Wonderful photography. Thank you!
Yoshifumi Hara Author 8 years ago
Thank you Victoria-san for the comment. I'm afraid but this event was held in November. I have to wait a couple of months for the momiji season.

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