A 400-year-old ritual of fire
burns through winter’s bitter cold

Hiburi Kamakura Festival

Hiburi Kamakura Festival

In the old samurai neighborhood of Kakunodate, a brilliant festival marks the start of the Lunar New Year. The Hiburi Kamakura festival originated as a purification ritual, when villagers would attempt to drive away evil spirits that might bring ill-health to their families or prevent a bountiful harvest. Amidst a landscape of snow, straw bags filled with charcoal are tied to long lengths of rope and set alight. Daring participants hold the opposite end and begin to swing the blazing bag in a wide circle around their bodies. This high-octane festival draws thousands of visitors from Japan and abroad every year.

Kakunodate Tourist Association
+81 187 54 2700
http://www.akitafan.com/en/archive/tourism/2280
Date:
every February 13th-14th
Access:
About 10 minutes by foot from JR Kakunodate Station.
You can enjoy the fantastic appearance of splendid fire circle dancing in the snow while praying for disease-free life, grain richness and safety.