"Kurama Fire Festival" Canceled due to Typhoon DamageFirst Voluntary Closure since 1988 in Kyoto
On September 25, Yuki Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, announced that the "Kurama Fire Festival," held annually on October 22 and one of the three major unusual festivals in Kyoto, was cancelled due to the damage sustained by Typhoon No. 21, also called Typhoon Jebi. It is the first cancellation in 30 years since the shrine voluntarily refrained from holding the event due to Emperor Showa's illness in 1988.
The people concerned held talks and decided to cancel on September 22. According to the shrine, they considered various circumstances, for example, houses of "Ujiko," or shrine parishioners, were damaged by falling trees. ▽There are also too many fallen trees in the precincts, so they haven't caught up with clearing them away. ▽The Eizan Railway is not expected to resume normal service between Kibuneguchi Station and Kurama Station until the end of October, so transportation of visitors is unlikely.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)