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"Hiwatari (Fire Walking) is the ceremony of treading over burning coals, symbolizing purification of the body and soul from evil.  Priests of the Yakuoin Temple, located on the top of Mt. Takao and other believers, tread through the flames and glowing embers.  It is said that flames will not harm those who step swiftly and lightly, as opposed to those who move uncertainly by lack of faith." (Yokota Services March, 2008 tours information sheet)