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Every evening during March 1-14, Todaiji temple priests carry torches on the balcony of Nigatsu-do Hall. Sparks falling from the torches bring good health. Todaiji temple 二月堂
Large crowd behind us. Tripods are not allowed.
The torch is positioned at the corners. It is totally dark when the torches are lit.
The priest runs while spinning the torch on the balcony. Also see the video at YouTube.
Only 10 torches are lit. Most photos show a time-lapse shot which lights up the entire hall. Tripod required though, and you need to be a press photographer.
The torch walk ends in 20 min. Police and firemen are present.
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