Haka no Hi

In Japanese folklore there is a strange supernatural phenomenon known as haka no hi, which translates as grave fire. These mysterious fires occur at the base of grave stones and are believed to be the result of the deceased soul being trapped in this world. Some suggest haka no hi may be caused by residual attachments to the material world. Alternatively it could be due to grudges or resentful feelings present at the time of death. Others believe it highlights the tenacity of the human soul.

Toriyama Sekien (coloured)

Photos below were taken in Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, a place where haka no hi may be seen.