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Brilliant Photos From The Fire-Walking Festival In Hokkaido, Japan

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Brilliant Photos From The Fire-Walking Festival In Hokkaido, Japan

Every year, far to the north in the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, a masked figure bursts through a wall of flames. The sight is strange and wild, a like a demon breaking through the fires of hell.

This is a fire-walking festival known as Furubira. The creature that walks the flames is called a Tengu, which means a "Heavenly Dog". A Tengu is a mischievous spirit from Japanese folklore who is typically thought to be related to a mountain goblin.

The character typically wears a red cape and mask. During the festival, he crosses nine feet of flames followed closely by local teenagers. Together, the group performs a ritual lion dance.

These photos were taken by photographer and musician Laufen Katsu.

Via Grape

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