This 1,600-year-old tsuina (ceremony to exorcise evil spirits) is one of Japan’s three main fire festivals. After being guarded for seven days, the “devil fire” is transferred to six enormous, 13 m torches, which are then carried around the grounds by men in loincloths. It’s good luck if the ash falls on you!
• 1/7 (Tue.)
• 13:00~23:30 (approx.) *The fire will be lit around 21:00~
• Free (free parking available)
• Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine
• 1463-1 Miyamoto, Daizenji-machi, Kurume City
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn253, Jan 2020)