NIPPONIA No. 41 June 15, 2007
Ancient Capital Still Fascinating after
Written by Wada Yasunari Photos by Kawashima Yasuhiko
The fiery closing night of the 2-week Buddhist Omizutori rite. The 10 torches are part of an extravaganza of flames, sparks and ash.
Above left: The five-story pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple, seen from Sarusawa Pond.
Above right: A hemp fabric called Nara sarashi for summer apparel. Large quantities were produced in Nara-machi during the Edo period (1603-1867).