“Oniyo at Daizenji Tamataregu” is a traditional event that is nationally designated as an important intangible folk cultural property. Oniyo is held on 7th January every year at Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine in Kurume City. It is one of the Japan’s three biggest fire festivals, with a history of more than 1600 years. Many people visit this ritual event to see the biggest flaming torches in Japan carried by brave men in loincloths. It is believed that exposure to sparks from the giant torches brings good health.
Place: Daizenji, Kurume City
Date: 7th January
Specified name (nationally designated): Oniyo at Daizenji Tamataregu