Nope, this is not Kyoto! This dramatic, fiery character for "big" is lit up in Shimanto City during the annual Omoji no Okuribi.
However, the two traditions are linked, as it is said that an aristocrat who escaped during a war in Kyoto started this tradition in Shimanto. The festival has been kept alive for around 500 years since then!
The date changes every year due to the lunar calendar, but is usually around July. This year it was held on July 16th.
If you ever visit Kochi during this season, don’t miss the once-a-year nighttime spectacular. Enjoy the festival with locals and feel the nostalgic vibes of this summer celebration that has endured throughout the ages
about 25 minutes from Nakamura Station (Shimanto City center) by bus and foot
676 Fukaki, Shimanto, Kochi 787-0159