Oto matsuri fire festival 2020

Oto-matsuri festival at Kamikura-shrine in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture.

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Festival-goers holding torches gather during the Oto-matsuri festival at Kamikura-shrine.(Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO)

Shinto priests and festival-goers attend a purification ceremony on the beach before Oto-matsuri festival. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO)

Festival-goers drink alcohol before climbing to the shrine during Oto-matsuri festival. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO)

The festival, which originated 1400 years ago, takes place on February 6 every year. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO)