The Nara fire ceremony was a kick. Combining a community fair atmosphere with great tradition, religious cooperation and fireworks. Really, what could be better. We joined in on the parade up the hill with chanting and conch shell blowing and stayed for the grass burning. I’ve posted some of the video on Facebook. Jim paticurlalry loved the Shinto head coverings. This is a must do if you are here this time of year. It combined interfaith (Buddhist and Shinto) prayers for the departed and world peace along with fire safety for the town and the shrines (which have burned down a lot over hundreds of years).
We ate lots of yummy street vender foods (the healthy food is not photographed) including the ceremonial soup topped with a salty-sweet cotton candy. We didn’t actually eat the crazy bananas, but we did photograph them.