If you didn't show up early enough to get a prime spot at the front, you can always lurk around and see other things. Every pro photographer was at the main arena, with the vaunted four meter tall torches, while Ed decided to look for something different. He found it. This is the tail end of a procession of participants that walks up the hill, with burning bundles hanging at the end of a pole. The main spectacle has already started, and while those viewers in the back can just see the beginning sparks of what is going to be a great conflagration, they are missing what is in this picture. Ed did not feel optimistic about getting a better position shoulder to shoulder with all the Japanese photogs that had access, and decided to try and get some shots that nobody else would think of.
Copyright © 1998 by Edward Kaspar