Yoshida Fire Festival

The yoshida fire festival held once a year in August in is considered one of Japan's most unique festivals. Dozens and dozens of huge torches and wood piles are set a blaze down the town's main street. Spectators drink beer, eat food bought from vendor booths, and stroll dangerously close to the scorching flames of the torches.

As nightfall sets in the huge 10 foot torches are stood up.

Children give a performance on the Japanese drums

Yakitori vendor tag team

yakisoba sakana
Yakisoba and yu fish vendor pose for the camera

Employees pose for a photo in front of their company-sponsored torch

A dancer portrays "Tengu", a Japanese god, during a traditional dance

Spectators pass by one of the smaller wood-pile torches