Last year we visited the festival first time. We came back there again as it was unexpectedly interesting.
Fujisan Gojinka Matsuri takes place on the first Saturday of every August. It is a fire festival which is held at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha and in the main road of the town. On the day of the festival, a sacred fire, made through Shinto ritual at the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha, is lit on the Gojinka mikoshi (a portable shrine).
The festival has been becoming increasingly popular every year. In the early evening, people wearing Yukata (Japanese cotton kimono) started gathering and created a festival atmosphere throughout the town.
A mikoshi, which weighs between 800kg and 1ton, is carried by 60 – 100 people and parades through the city vigorously.
It is a tradition that people from the shopping street throw buckets of water on the mikoshi carriers.