Japan’s Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival Is A Sight To Behold (Video)

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This might be one of the most impressive spectacles you’ve ever witnessed. On the fourth Saturday of each January, the dead grass of Mount Wakakusa is burned as part of a Japan’s Wakakusa Yamayaki (‘Wakakusa Burning Mountain’).

The tradition has been around for over 100 years but no one is quite certain what started it.  Some claim it began as a boundary dispute between the two greatest temples of Nara, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji. When mediation failed, the entire hill was burned to the ground, although no one quite remembers how that solved anything. Another theory claims that the annual fire originated as a way to eliminate pests and drive away wild boars.

No matter what started it, the display is out of this world and it attracts tourists from all over the world.