Mount Wakakusa

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For other uses of "Mikasa", see Mikasa (disambiguation).
Mount Wakakusa
若草山
MtWakakusa Nara Japan.jpg
Mt. Wakakusa viewed from Heijō Palace
(Mt. Kasuga on the right end)
Elevation 342 m (1,122 ft)
Location
Mount Wakakusa is located on the central Japan
Mount Wakakusa is located on the central Japan
Mount Wakakusa
Location on Japan
Location Nara, Japan
Range Kasagi Mountains (ja)
Coordinates 34°41′28″N 135°51′16″E / 34.69111°N 135.85444°E / 34.69111; 135.85444Coordinates: 34°41′28″N 135°51′16″E / 34.69111°N 135.85444°E / 34.69111; 135.85444

Mount Wakakusa (若草山 Wakakusa-yama?), also known as Mount Mikasa (三笠山 Mikasa-yama), is a 342 m (1,122 ft) high mountain located in Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan, to the east of Nara Park.

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"). [1] 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.

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  1. ^ "Yamayaki". Japan National Tourism Organization.