Nyoirinji Temple Fire Festival

START: Jan 17, 2020 END: Jan 17, 2020

Located in Ogori, Fukuoka, Nyoirinji Temple, which is famous for its huge collection of frog statues, holds a ritual every New Year to pray for good health and wellbeing. The ritual involves burning piles of leaves and branches of Hinoki cypress while chanting prayers to the beat of taiko drums and blowing of horns. The Buddhist priests throw gomagi (wooden sticks) into the burning pile and walk barefoot over the ashes. This act symbolizes health and happiness for the whole year. Spectators, from young children to the elderly, may also walk barefoot over the ashes. There will also be festival stalls and special bento (lunch boxes) made by the chief priest which will be handed out for free (limited stock).

• 1/17 (Fri.)
• Buddhist service 10:00, fire-walking 13:00
• Free
• Nyoirinji Temple
1729 Yokoguma, Ogori City, Fukuoka

Published: Dec 17, 2019 / Last Updated: Dec 17, 2019