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Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2018

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2018

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Traditional New Year ice bath ceremony took place at Kanda Myojin Shrine on January 13 in Tokyo. This year, 44 participants braved the ice […]

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Asakusa Nakamise street with year-end shoppers

Asakusa Nakamise street with year-end shoppers

(All photos by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO) Year-end shoppers and tourists gather in the Asakusa Nakamise street leading to the Sensoji temple. It is customary for the Japanese people to visit Shinto […]

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Kotai Jingu Shrine Festival in Fujisawa

Kotai Jingu Shrine Festival in Fujisawa

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Kotai Jingu Shrine Festival was held in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture on August 17. The festival is held each year around the mid-August “Bon” holiday, which […]

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Tourists visit the abandoned island of Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island”

Tourists visit the abandoned island of Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island”

(All photos by Richard Atrero de Guzman/AFLO) Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima or “Battleship Island,” is an abandoned island located off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in southwest Japan […]

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First bon dance festival held in Shibuya

First bon dance festival held in Shibuya

(All photos by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) Bon dance festival took place in Shibuya for the first time on August 5. Participants dressed up in traditional Japanese kimono or yukata danced to […]