Mt. Wakakusa viewed from Heijō Palace
(Mt. Kasuga on the right end)
|Elevation||342 m (1,122 ft)|
|Range||Kasagi Mountains (ja)|
On the fourth Saturday of each January, the dead grass of Mt. Wakakusa is burned in an annual festival known as Yamayaki (山焼き literally "mountain roast"; common translation: "prescribed burn").  The tradition supposedly originated from a boundary dispute between two temples, Todai-ji and Kōfuku-ji in 1760. As the mediations failed, the entire mountain was set ablaze. Other explanations suggest the extermination of wild boars or pests as a result. The festival today begins with a ceremonial igniting by members of both temples, followed by a fireworks display. The festival has been postponed due to poor weather in the past.
- "Yamayaki". Japan National Tourism Organization.
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