This traditional event has been held every year for more than 1260 years, without exception. In the cold March night, torch bearers shoulder large pine trees as they run along the balcony of Nigatsudo; the embers showered upon the audience below are said to be auspicious. After the final night of the fire ceremony, monks draw water from the Wakasa Wall under Nigatsu-do. It is believed that the water from the well springs forth once a year and is known to cure ailments. This popular event attracts lots of local people.