Gozan Okuribi consists of five different characters on five mountains: “Daimonji” (Greater), “Myo-Ho” (Buddha’s remarkable teaching), “Funagata” (ship), “Hidari Daimonji” (left Greater) and “Toriigata” (shrine gate). These five characters are lit one by one every 5 min. from 8 pm.
There are several views on the beginning; however the origin of the ceremony is unknown. Some historical sources say there used to be a custom to send off ancestors’ spirits by throwing burning torches into the air. In contrast, the present Gozan Okuribi adopts the style to light up the fire bed of each mountain. ：8:15P.M. Toriigata (shrine gate)：8:20P.M.
The light up time of five characters：
Myo-Ho (Buddha’s remarkable teaching)：8:05P.M.
Hidari Daimonji (left Greater)
Toriigata (shrine gate)：8:20P.M.
Gozan Okuribi Map【PDF】
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