[ Japan, Wakayama Prefecture. Kumano Nachi Taisha Shinto shrine, Nachi Fire Festival. via All Eyes]
In the heat of summer, en route to the holy Nachi waterfall, men in purifying white carry torches, each 50kg, and of cypress wood soaked in water.
Twelve sacred palanquins, gold and ablaze, to welcome twelve gods, who once helped an emperor in his campaign to conquer Japan.
Apparently, it’s a mere 6-hour drive from Osaka, the ‘nation’s kitchen’ (天下の台所, tenka no daidokoro).
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