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The burning of the letter "large" the grand bonfire festival held on Mount Nyoigatake near the city of Kyoto on the evening of August 16.

As one of the Buddhist events of the All Soul's Festival (Bon), it is observed for the purpose of sending off the spirits of the dead as they return to the world beyond after the Bon days (August 13-16). On a slope of this mountain, the burning Chinese character "dai" (large), formed by lines of giant torches, flares in the darkness. (*)

All these pictures are made by cutting figures out from Japanese Paper (Washi) with a blade.

Librairie Seizan of KYOTO  Established 1996

English Explanation Referance :

(*) "Dictionary of Japanese Culture" by K.Setsuko & G.A.Crane /1991. Heian, Japan

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