Fuji-san Sacred Fire Festival takes place on the first Saturday of every August at the Fuji-san Hongu Sengen shrine and its nearby towns.
A mikoshi (a portable shrine), with a sacred fire lit at the summit of Mount Fuji, parades through Fujinomiya city. Eventually the mikoshi goes upstream of the Kanda River where spring water from Mount Fuji flows.
In the town, spectators on the roadside throw buckets of water on the mikoshi. Women with a hachimaki, (Japanese headband) , wrapped themselves with cloth called sarashi, dance next to the sacred fire on the mikoshi. The purpose of doing this seems to prevent the blazing bonfire from spreading. Although mikoshi carriers are soaking wet with water thrown on them, they look unperturbed and rather having fun.