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Core Kyoto

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Core Kyoto

The ancient capital, Kyoto, continues to be innovative after 1,200 years. We dive deep into its core in this definitive program.


Thu.14:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 21:00
Fri.2:30 - 3:00
8:30 - 9:00

Mar. 5, Thu.*This program was first broadcast on Sep. 18, 2014

Gozan-no-okuribi: Ceremonial Bonfires give Ancestors Safe Passage

The Japanese believe their ancestors' spirits return from the other world to visit during Obon in mid-August. The Gozan-no-okuribi ceremony to send them off is held in Kyoto at the end of Obon on August 16. Bonfires are lit on 5 Kyoto mountains as guides for the spirits to find their way back safely. Watch the locals' prepare for this fiery traditional event in the Matsugasaki area of Kyoto, where 2 of the bonfires are lit, and discover the ancient customs of the living and the dead.

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