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Nara Tokae Festival 2017

 With as many as 20,000 candles arranged by volunteers in Nara Park surrounded by extensive tracts of nature, including World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Grand Shrine, this event will be held for 10 days from August 5 to 14, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
 Toka means a flower-shaped lump of wax formed on the tip of a candlewick. It is considered to bring good luck, and is where the name of the festival, Tokae, comes from.
 The Nara Tokae Festival began in 1999 to attract more tourists in summer.
 There are a number of time-honored events relating to fire in Nara. People in the old days lit fire to offer prayers to the gods. To pass on their prayers to the next, candles are lit during the Nara Tokae Festival, where people wish for world peace and the welfare of humanity.
  The festival has become very popular in recent years, attracting more than 900,000 visitors every year.
  Nara has a long history that is different from other parts of Japan, with night being quiet and dark. As such, the view of candles lit up in Nara Park is fantastic and something nostalgic and warm. Visitors can refresh themselves and enjoy the scenery that is different from the daytime.
  Those who wish to light a candle at the Nara Tokae Festival can participate in a designated area by paying 500 yen. The money can be used for purchasing candles for the next year. Your candle light will then be a source for many candles for the following year. The lights are handed down in this way.
 Please visit Nara to enjoy a magnificent view that can only be seen during the Nara Tokae Festival.

Contact:NPO Nara To-kae no Kai