Members of a group dedicated to preserving traditional Japanese firefighting techniques perform acrobatics on bamboo ladders during the annual New Year’s fire review in Tokyo.
We will freely admit our ignorance here, and say that we’re not sure if the balancing-on-a-pole thing is actually a traditional Japanese firefighting technique, or just something that Japanese firefighting technique preservers do in their free time.
The object, of course, is to startle the fire. If done just right, the flames become too pieholeslapped (® All Rights Reserved. Patent Pending.) to burn anything.