1st Jul 2012 12:13pm | By Editor
Tucked away in the majestic mountains of Wakayama, lies Mount Nachi. In the heat of summer, white-robed priests carry 12 enormous torches of cypress wood up a crest to the 133m Nachi Waterfall.Locals have come to pay homage to the falls and their magical properties since the dawn of Japanese civilisation.
Why: Emperor Jimnu landed on the coast of Nachi and saw a light shining in the mountains. According to legend, this bright light turned out to be the majestic falls of Nachi. Jimnu declared the falls sacred and, in return, the falls sent him Yatagarasu, a crow who could carry messages to the gods. Almost two millennia later, the tradition of paying homage to the falls still remains.
Do it because: The ancient festival is an insight into Japanese culture. Also, according to legend showing the falls your respect may give you luck for the rest of the year.
July 9-15, Wakayama, Japan
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