Kasuga Taisha Up In Lights

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CRAFT: Kasuga Taisha, up in lights

Each year during August and February, 3000 lanterns illuminate Nara’s Kasuga Taisha Shrine – an atmospheric tradition known as Chugen Mantoro, the festival of wishes. Having taken place for almost 800 years, many of the brass lanterns seen flickering in Kasuga Taisha’s gardens and hallways represent gifts from local residents. Associated with the making and granting of wishes, visitors to the shrine during Chugen Mantoro are encouraged to pray for their dreams to come true.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine, 160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, 14th – 15th August  

Images via JNTO

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