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  • A yamabushi mountain monk looks at a sacred fire burning during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009 ..  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk holding a bow used to fire four divine arrows into a sacred fire bows in front of an representation of deity during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010 ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Lay-people pray during the Hiwatari firewalking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009 ..  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk prepares to fire one of four divine arrows thought to ward off devils at a sacred fire during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009...   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Yamabushi mountain monks throw Goma-ku or nadegi sticks onto a sacred fire during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009 ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk throws water on a sacred fire during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. . .   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A mountain monk holds his hands in pray during ascetic training at the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Pilgrims walk across burning coals during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari firewalking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. ..  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A buddist monk waits for visitors to cleanse their feet in pile of salt after fire walking during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari firewalking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009. ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A buddist monk receives a blessing from the abbot of the temple during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009. .  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • The abbot of the temple leaves the grounds after the completion of ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009. ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A group of pilgrims listen to sultras during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. ..   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk prays over an axe used to cut away earthly desires during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010...  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk throws water on a sacred fire during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009...  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk lights a sacred pyre during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 8 2009...  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A monk turns away from the heat of a sacred fire after throwing water on it during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010...   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Monks and attendants prepare nadegi or goma-ku sticks prior to throwing them into a sacred fire during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010...   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Monks shelter from the heat of a sacred fire during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010...  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • Monks and attendants prepare nadegi or goma-ku sticks prior to throwing them into a sacred fire during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari fire walking festival held at the Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010...   Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A yamabushi mountain monk flagellates himself with a branch of cypress dipped in boiling water during ascetic training at the Hiwatari firewalking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. ..  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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  • A pilgrim holds pray-beads and wears a talisman during ascetic training rituals for buddist monks at the Hiwatari firewalking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 14 2010. ..  Held on the second Sunday of March as part of the monks ascetic training the festival attracts thousands of visitors and tourists eager to try fire walking under the supervision of the monks. Each fire walker receives a blessing from the head monk after they have crossed the fire. The ritual features the burning of nadegi or sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them upon the sacred fire and their burning is meant to release the desire and make it come true. According to the temples website the ritual is used to pray for 'protection from sickness and to purify people by burning defilements away.'
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