Counted as one of the three major fire festivals in Japan, Taimatsu Akashi is a seasonal tradition in the fall in Sukagawa that boasts a history of over 420 years. It is said to have been started in order to console the spirits of the many soldiers who lost their lives in a battle in which an army led by Masamune Date captured Sukagawa Castle. Around 30 wooden torches are erected on Mt. Gorozan and set on fire, including a huge wooden torch called the Ohtaimatsu that weighs three tons and is 10 meters long. The spectacle of the wooden torches blazing against the backdrop of a Taimatsu-Daiko drum performance is quite simply like a Warring States scroll that has come to life.
|Date||Second Saturday of November every year|
|Location (venue)||Mt. Gorozan in Midoigaoka Park|
|Address||Atagoyama, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima|
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.