Fiery Chinese symbols appear to float above the night sky around Kyoto
This iconic fire festival, marks the end of Obon, the Japanese festival of the dead.
Five fiery torches, each in the shape of a Chinese symbol of special meaning, are lit in turn on the hillsides surrounding Kyoto. It signifies the return to the spirit world of departed ancestors, who are said to visit their living families during O-Bon (or the Bon festival). The flames of the fires are visible from all over Kyoto and all the city lights are turned off to enhance this spectacular festival.