Monday, August 17, 2009

Daimonji Gozan Okuribi

Daimonji Gozan Okuribi is the most popular Obon events in Kyoto. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16th yesterday (every year on 16th August), in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding Kyoto city. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world thus the name Okuribi.  Starting at 8PM, the giant bonfires are lit, each with a distinctive shape. Three of the fires form giant Chinese characters, and two form familiar shapes. The most famous and the first to be lit is the character Dai, on Kyoto’s Daimonji-yama. The other four fires are lit at five to ten-minute intervals, and by 8:30, all the characters can be seen. Each bonfire lasts for 30 minutes. Daimonji on the Nyoigatake peak in Higashiyama, “Myoho” at Matsugasaki Nishiyama Higashiyama, “Funagata” at Nishigamo Funayama, Hidari Damonji at Daihokusan near Kinkaku - ji Temple, and Toriigata at Senojisan in Saga are all lit up together for this poetic summer event in Kyoto.

..........................................................Daimonji, ''large'' or ''great''


....................................................................... Myo
....................................................................... Ho

....................................................................... Funagata

....................................................................... Hidari Daimonji, ''large''

....................................................................... Toriigata

3 comments:

  1. A very good post! nice snaps with proper descriptions. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nice snaps! Enjoyed the descriptions too.

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  3. Thank you Deependra Jee and Basanta Jee

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