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Kyoto “Gozan Okuribi” in late summer

Gozan Okuribi

Along with Gion Festival, Aoi Matsuri and Jidai Festival, “Gozan Okuribi” is called one of the four major events in Kyoto. Today August 16 is the day that you can enjoy the “Gozan Okuribi.”


Mt. Nyoigadake “Daimonji” among Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo, ranging the noted temples such as Ginkakuji and Honen-in Temple will be ignited on 8:00 PM. Afterward, a series of 5 mountains surrounding Kyoto will be lighted up successively at every 5 minutes interval as each flame forms a designated letter or picture. A town of Kyoto will be enveloped by a fantastic atmosphere.


While the flames are illuminating in the late-summer night sky, people pray serenely wishing a happiness of intimate persons and send off the ancestor who came and stay in Obon period (Aug. 13-16) back to heaven. Please take a look at the light up of Mt. Nyoigadake “Daimonji” viewing from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto last year.


“Okuribi” means a farewell to summer and a welcome to autumn. We the Inamori Foundation will upload the website at the end of August, starting an acceptance of your reservation for the 2018 Kyoto Prize Commemorative Lectures and the Workshops. Please look forward to the news shortly.

Photo by Akira Nakata


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