Tonight was the "Kyoto Gozan Bonfires" (Daimonji-yaki). In a normal year, 75 fire pits spread out in the shape of the character for "big" and float beautifully.
Source: "Gozan Okuribi"
At 20:00, "Daimonji" is lit on the hillside of Mt. Nyoigatake in Higashiyama, followed by "Myoho", "Funagata", "Daimonji", and "Torii" in that order.
In the evening, went to "Izuju" in Gion and took out premier box sushi and hamo sushi. Ordered online in advance.
Shortly before the 20:00 lighting, went to Kawai-bashi bridge in Demachiyanagi. Tonight it was pedestrian-only and despite Covid restrictions there were many policemen and people. Kyoto people love Daimonji-yaki.
The fire was lit at 20:00. Wondered how the fires make the character.
Only six fire units, including the tip of the "big", were ignited, and it did not make the character. In the second year of Covid, the number of ignition sites was reduced to a few in order to avoid crowding of spectators to prevent the spread of the virus. Fires were lit on each mountain, and the original characters did not appear this year again.
Back to home early and ate sushi boxes from Izuju. Premier box sushi.
A pure rice sake called "Hatsuhinode" from Haneda Shuzo in Kitayama, Kyoto. Haneda Brewery's sake is dry and goes well with meals. It was delicious.
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