The abstract figures of deities shown in the following pictures are made of reeds and bamboo each year in the village of Ueda near Omihachiman, a town on the shores of Lake Biwa not far from Kyoto. The ever repeated construction of these artistic and meaningful symbols and their subsequent ritual burning are the central features of this ancient traditional festival, which is still celebrated annually in honour of the four deities of the four divisions of the village of Ueda.

(1) A nocturnal procession with torches, drums and lanterns.

(2) The seat of the deity (female figure) is set on fire.

(3) Two seats of deities (a male and femal figure) in front of their respective shrines

(4) Building a seat for the deity.

(5) The creane is a sysmbol of good fortune.

(6) Four movable pillars in the sacred rice field.

(7) A stationary seat of a deity, with movable pillars in the background.

(8) Ritual procession with the pillars serving as decorated, lantern-hung ships.

(9) The sacred artefacts are consumed by the flames.

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