Fanning the flames of the faithful

The fire-walking festival known as Nagatoro Hi-Matsuri was marked on Sunday at the Fudoji temple in Nagatoro town, Saitama prefecture, to herald the coming of spring. Hundreds of Buddhist devotees participated in the festival to purify the mind and b
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The fire-walking festival known as Nagatoro Hi-Matsuri was marked on Sunday at the Fudoji temple in Nagatoro town, Saitama prefecture, to herald the coming of spring. Hundreds of Buddhist devotees participated in the festival to purify the mind and body, and pray for health and safety.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline 'Fanning the flames of the faithful'. Print Edition | Subscribe