on august 16th steven and i
ventured out to arashiyama
along with thousands of other people to witness
the daimonji gozan okuri-bi send off fires.
these are five fires on different hillsides
that each show a japanese symbol.
though the origins of this festival
are unknown, today the fires are representative of
guiding the spirits of the dead
back to the Buddhist Pure Land.
i didnt get any pictures of the fires
as they were pretty far off,
but the day was wonderful and
we also witnessed the paper lantern festival
in arashiyama where
countless paper lanterns are released on the
there was festival type food everywhere on this little towns busiest day
we walked along the famous bamboo grove outside tenryu-ji temple
the first picture of us! taken by us!
skipping rocks by the river
more festival food
the platform where the paper lanterns were let go
this is only a fraction of haw many lanterns were made and sent off
tako yaki!! octopus balls.