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

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.