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Last weekend, I visited a park beside my apartment for Dondon Yaki. Dondon Yaki, or also called Dondo Yaki, is a kind of traditional fire festival in Japan, which every family in the district brings their New Year’s decorations to make it set to the torch after Shinto ceremony. It is traditionally said that if you are around the fire, you will be in perfect health that year. Originally, it was a folk tradition event that is done for prosperity in harbest.
That day, I joined it for the first time in my life. I piled some decorations on top of another and waited for the Shinto priest to come.
Very simple ceremony was made after a few moments and set the fire go right in front of all of us. We flocked together around the bonfire wishing we could be in good condition in 2012.
Meanwhile, some food such as Tonjiru ( kind of sweet miso soup with pork meat in it ) and Oshiruko ( sweet red-bean soup with sticky rice cakes in it ) had been distributed by local ladies. I took Tonjiru to let myself warm. The sky looked very blue. Then, I had a hunch that I would be OK this year.＾＾
Dondon-yaki is to be done in varieties of shrines in this season. Though not peculiar to Shizuoka only, I hope you enjoy it in Shizuoka !
Have a good day !＾＾
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