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Toba no Himatsuri - the fire festival of Toba

¨Shin-Otoko¨ (holy-men) concentrate before the climax of the festivies.

... smoke, flames and sparks fill the air and the heat attacks the participants. Once the furious sounds of drums are heard, there is no time for hesitation for the Shin-Otoko’s and the helpers; dressed in unique costumes made from old festival banners, they pour water over their heads and bravely jump into the flame...

Many shots , but this is special , this instant ...

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13 Feb 2011 18:58

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