Sagicho, or tondo is the traditional fire festival held at the end of New Year season.,
.to make a bonfire of the New Year's decorations such as pine branches,
bamboos and straw festoons.This event had been held at the precinct of
shrine or the playground of primary school. It has become difficult to
have the event at the urban district.because of danger of fire.
In the City of Kobe, the events are held at the shrines and the school grounds. The biggest one is tondo held at Municipal Arboretum in Mt Rokko, where we visited and joined the event on the morning of the 12th of January.
◎Thanks you for your report and pictures of the TONDO festival. It is good to see that the old festivals and traditions are still reenacted.
I remember well the ‘firemen’s festival’ in Tokyo on the 6th January 1965,a few days after arriving Japan by ship for my first visit as a student.
and our garden is recovering well. As is much of the the bushland after the fires.
Below is the story (photo report) of the area around BINABURRA where the
85 year old iconic resort was destroyed by fire last yer
-------Claus & Michiko Jehne (Armidale, NSW, Australia)------
◎Your photos of Tondo are spectacular - the spectators of the fire must have been experiencing a spiritual cleanse.
◎Thank you for your concern about the fire situation and ourselves. Many fires are still burning, causing death and loss of property.
We are doing our best to fight the fires (in all ways possible) and are also waiting for rain.We and our extended family are safe and well.
In November the fire attacked my son’s property (near Glen Innes) and they lost a number of buildings and some animals on his farm. He saved their house. The local school where my grandson goes was burnt down but is being rebuilt. (The picture I sent on the 26 November was my son fighting the fire)
Burnt Eucalyptus sprouting new leaves, branches
---------Claus & Michiko Jehne (Armidale, NSW, Australia)-------
I again enjoyed your Homepage and was very pleased to see you both out and following your traditions around Shogatsu . It was so good to see the Professor at the traditional rural shrine, and looking very wellAlso kite-flying used to be a very popular activity for children when I was MUCH younger - often helped by their fathers too.
◎Thank you for your letter .New Year Greetings to you both. I have just received a
letter from Niaomi and she tells me she and her friends were meeting with
you on Christmas Day for a party .Wasthat your birthday? today is fine
but very windy.I have been watering the garden especially the vegetables.
I have lettuce and tomatoes and spring onions doing well but the beans
veryslow.I am fine.
◎I am pleased you are now feeling better. The cooler weather of autumn will hopefully be more comfortable for you.
We do enjoy your home-page. Thank you for the August edition. It brings back many memories of you and of Japan.
Best wishes to Rumi and yourself.