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.

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

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Children give a performance on the Japanese drums

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Yakitori vendor tag team

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Yakisoba and yu fish vendor pose for the camera

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

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

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Spectators pass by one of the smaller wood-pile torches