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Inomata Hundred Light, Misato Summer Festival
August 15 @ 18:00 - 21:00Free
Inomata Hundred Light festival, or Inomata 108 lights, is one of 312 Important Intangible Folk Properties of Japan. It is held annually on the 15th of August in the Inomata area of Misato in the Kodama District of Saitama. It is the bon ceremony of the town with an approximate 400 hundred year history.
**Please note that due to the typhoon there maybe changes to the schedule or the event maybe cancelled, but at last check on August 14th at 9 pm there was no such information on the website**
The Inomata clan was one of the seven Musashi clans and the Inomata chieftain was very influential in the Heian period. The festival is started with a traditional taiko drum performance before the ceremony. For the ceremony local volunteers, dressed in festival garb, light 108 mounds with fire. The mounds stretch from Kodai Temple to Mt Domae. They launch fireworks afterwards. It is a spectacular sight to see the stunning fireworks over 108 mounds of fire.
Featured image from the official event webpage on the official Misato Tourism website.
Access Inomata Hundred (108) Light Festival
Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
The nearest train station is Yodo station on the JR Hachiko line. It takes about 25 minutes on foot from the station to Kodai Temple.
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