‘Daimonji’ New Year celebration and fireworks in the hope that the pandemic will end
The ‘35th Kita no Daimonji’ New Year event was held at Hinode Park in the town of Kamifurano in northern Hokkaido. The huge ‘Dai’ (large) character was written in flames on the slope of the park, as those involved celebrated the coming of the New Year and wished for an early resolution to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is organized by the town’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Youth League, to commemorate the victims of the ‘Taisho mudflow’ caused by the Tokachidake volcanic eruption of 1926, and to wish for the development of the town and the happiness of its citizens. The event was broadcast online without spectators at the site, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The sacred flames, ignited at the Kamifurano Shrine, were raised by the ‘tenkabito’ (fire starters) amid the sound of the local Ansei drums and, at midnight, approximately 30 torches forming a giant ‘Dai’ character measuring 70 meters long and 50 meters wide were lit in time with the arrival of the New Year’s Day. The venue was also lit with fireworks and lasers.
Hinode Park in the town of Kamifurano
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