Burning Characters into the Mountains – Daimonji

I had the opportunity to witness Daimonji yesterday with some friends. We all met on a friend’s balcony in Sanjyo. Pretty spectacular view!

The wikipedia entry on Daimonji, officially called gozan no okuribito, does a better job of explaning the event than I could ever attempt. So read it.

At the most basic level daimonji is entertaining because there are five giant bonfires lit in the mountains… on a deeper level, it is an ancient ritual that marks the end of Obon, sending dead ancestors back to the spirit world.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a zoom lens on me, (actually I don’t own one…) so these photos were all taken with a 35mm. Still I was pretty close huh?

There are some better pictures on of Daimonji on Wikipedia here.

Had a ton of fun!

Daimonji 2012

  • Daimonji in Kyoto. Giant bonfires in the mountains to end Obon festival. More info here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozan_no_Okuribi
  • Daimonji in Kyoto. Giant bonfires in the mountains to end Obon festival. More info here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozan_no_Okuribi
  • Daimonji in Kyoto. Giant bonfires in the mountains to end Obon festival. More info here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozan_no_Okuribi
  • Daimonji in Kyoto. Giant bonfires in the mountains to end Obon festival. More info here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozan_no_Okuribi