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Shimizu Akihasan Festival

1-1-14 Nishikubo, Shimizu-ku | Minemotoin Temple, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture
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This festival celebrating fire prevention deities takes place every December 15th and 16th at Akihasan in Shimizu, Shizuoka. On both days, hundreds of vendors set up along the road approaching the shrine and the scene is bustiling with crowds of spectators. On the first day, all of the fire brigades from the area get together and march wearing Edo period fire fighter costumes from the center of town to the main temple building. On the second night, a Shinto fire-walking ritual is performed on a smoldering fire alter to cleanse impurities. Starting at the same time as the ritual is also an intriguing "bamboo-cutting contest." Here people take home bamboo grass from green bamboo they hack down as a symbol of safety and prosperity for their homes.
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1-1-14 Nishikubo, Shimizu-ku | Minemotoin Temple, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture
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