After the castle, we returned to Higashi Okazaki Station to catch a bus to the Takisanji Oni Matsuri, a festival which features a fabulous run around an old wooden holding flaming torches while men attempt to capture people (mostly children) dressed up as demons. Questionable in terms of safety, but pretty cool regardless. Unfortunately, you have to wait through a lot of strange stuff before they actually get to the 10-15 minutes of fire festival.
These three people were chosen to throw sake-flavored candy at us. I caught some because it fell on my boots. Teddy managed to get hit in the face with some (he didn’t catch that packet), but he did catch a later packet.
Here is the jolly candy throwing king.
I think that they lit these torches just for fun. They really didn’t do anything with them other than beat them with brooms. However, check out the ridiculously large number of people!
We watched men spin spears like batons.
He totally fumbled the spear. People were wary of him from that point on. 😀
There were also men with magic hoes.
Here go the men carrying the soon-to-be torches.
A festival lantern.
Tons of torches in wooden buildings. (They did have a ton of firemen on hand, as you can see in the picture!)
One of the oni!
The festival was super smoky!!
The participants were very energetic!
Here is my lucky candy!
Well, that’s all for the festival! I hope you enjoyed the pictures!