Takao Firewalking Festival
It all started with a pyromaniac magician, he was trying to use his black magic with three finger vulcan grip to start a fire, but all he was getting was smoke.
Eventually this unimpressed monk who harbored great disdain for vulcans bust out his giant match he had painstakingly crafted by hand over the last century. He lit it and…
I think this picture pretty much sums up the crux of the event for me, amazing! You should ask my wife if it is a good idea to go to a bonfire the size of a house while wearing a puffy down jacket.. Only a few holes burned into it before we backed away.
We arrived on time for the beginning of the event, but that was an hour or two too late for a front row spot, which would have been perfect for taking pictures without heads, arms, cameras, little Japanese guys standing on step ladders, and 8 foot tall tripods in the way. My height advantage in Japan proved useless and I ended up with barely any clean shots without any of the aforementioned items in my pictures. We will definitely make sure this does not happen next year! I highly recommend anyone in Tokyo checking this out due to the amazing photographic potential you could have if you claimed a spot in front of the crowds.