Sukagawa Fire Festival

The next year, I participate in it.

Huge pillars between 20 and 75 feet tall are burned. There were about 20 total.

Festival of Fire in Sukagawa

Teams parade around with their flags cheering as their pillars burn.

A distant shot of the Sukagawa Fire Festival, gives a better perspective of how big it was.

Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture

Remember some of these are 75 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

Sukagawa Fire Festival

Though hard to see, these are two men riding horses with flags. They were lit to symbolize something.

Sukagawa Castle

The site of the Sukagawa Fire Festival is where the old Sukagawa Castle once stood,
before it was, ironically, burned to the ground 400 years ago.