"On Sunday evening in mid-March, people dance excitedly amid showers of fire sparks around the blazing Sagicho floats. This explains why this festival is also called the Omihachiman no Hi-matsuri. A Sagicho is a float with a 2 m tall pine torch woven from new straw, on top of which is propped a 3 m long bamboo pole decorated with several thousand strips of red paper. A figure of the animal of the year according to the Oriental Zodiac, made with marine products and grain, is mounted in the center of this float. Each town spares no expense in coming up with all kinds of ideas for the floats. "