Every year, far to the north in the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, a masked figure bursts through a wall of flames. The sight is strange and wild, a like a demon breaking through the fires of hell.
Stunning photos of Fire-Walking festival in Hokkaido, Japan
This is a fire-walking festival known as Furubira. The creature that walks the flames is called a Tengu, which means a “Heavenly Dog”. A Tengu is a mischievous spirit from Japanese folklore who is typically thought to be related to a mountain goblin.
The character typically wears a red cape and mask. During the festival, he crosses nine feet of flames followed closely by local teenagers. Together, the group performs a ritual lion dance.