Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火), better known as Daimonji (大文字), is a summer festival in Kyoto which takes place every year on 16 August. This festival is the climax of the Obon, where six giant bonfires, with five of them having a different sign, are lit on the mountainsides. It is said that when the flames rise, the souls of the deceased spirits will be sent off to the Other World.
Below are pictures of all the signs.
- Funa-gata (boat)
- Hidari Daimonji (left side Daimonji)
※ Note that while the festival ends at 20:30, some fires can stay up until 21:00.
The schedule of the five signs are as follow: