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Hiwatari: fire-walking ceremony in Mt. Takao (44)

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A large fire burning is seen during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A large fire burning is seen during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Buddhist practitioners walk on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A large fire burning is seen during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner pours water on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner performs during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner spreads salt on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A man wearing business suit walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A woman walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A man walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A woman walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Participants attend the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Buddhist practitioners perform during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner pours water on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A woman walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Buddhist practitioners walk on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A woman walks on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Buddhist practitioners perform during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: Buddhist practitioners throw wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner pours water on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner prays during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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A Buddhist practitioner throws wood on the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. 10 Mar 2019 Pictured: A Buddhist practitioner controls the fire during the Hiwatari or fire-walking ceremony at Yakuo-in temple. Buddhist devotees walked over the fire with bare feet to pray for world peace and receive protection from misfortune and good health. Visitors can participate at the end of the ceremony to receive the benefits. The annual event is held on the second Sunday of March at the down skirt of Mt. Takao. Photo credit: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Yamabushi Ascetic Monks walking barefoot over the hot coals, and through flames which purify by burning all defilements away, pray for protection against sickness and calamity and for safety within the family during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Yamabushi Ascetic Monks walking barefoot over the hot coals, and through flames which purify by burning all defilements away, pray for protection against sickness and calamity and for safety within the family during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Yamabushi Ascetic Monks walking barefoot over the hot coals, and through flames which purify by burning all defilements away, pray for protection against sickness and calamity and for safety within the family during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A Yamabushi Ascetic Monk performs during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Silhouettes of worshipers are seen throught the flames during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A Yamabushi Ascetic Monk throws water over the flames preparing the ground for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : View of a bubbling cauldron of water as Yamabushi Ascetic Monks prepares for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Yamabushi Ascetic Monk throws Goma-ku or nadegi sticks with the hopes and desires of the people written on them onto a sacred fire preparing the ground for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A Yamabushi Ascetic Monk prepares the ground for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Yamabushi Ascetic Monks throw water over the flames preparing the ground for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A sacred fire burning during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A Yamabushi Ascetic Monk throws water over the flames preparing the ground for the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : Silhouettes of worshipers are seen throught the sacred fire burning during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A sacred fire burning during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A sacred fire burning during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM

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TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 10 : A Yamabushi Ascetic Monk performs during the Hiwatari fire walking festival in a fire ritual called Saito Goma-ku at Yakuo-in temple in Takaosanguchi in Tokyo, Japan on March 10, 2019. Every year on the second Sunday of March Yamabushi Ascetic Monks, Worshipers and participants take part at a large open-air fire ritual at the foot of the Mount Takao in western region of the Tokyo walking barefoot over the hot coals. David MAREUIL / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM