Kyoto event: Gozan no Okuribi Ritual Fires

Gozan no Okuribi Ritual Fires


Appears high in Kyoto ‘Obon’ season, and disappears ugly

The fire that crawls our ancestors

always gives us peace of mind, courage and a heart of gratitude.


The origin of the Japanese word “mourn” is “to visit”. We cannot visit a deceased person, but remember the deceased and continue to talk about the deceased. Always talk as if the person is still alive. “Mourn” for Japanese that values ancestors. Even if we can’t see them, we will never forget our ancestors. We all have to go to die, but if we can tell the story even after we die, we will have a happy life.

■ Outline of “Gozan no Okuribi Ritual Fires”

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