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Earthquake-resistant domes in Kumamoto

Earthquake-resistant domes in Kumamoto

(All photos by Atrero de Guzman/AFLO) Earthquake-resistant dome houses in Aso Farm Land, Kumamoto prefecture, were used as evacuation shelters for Kumamoto earthquake victims. Some houses are decorated with a […]

Features, Traditional Japan

Mitama Festival in Tokyo

Mitama Festival in Tokyo

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Every summer, traditional ”Mitama Festival” is celebrated at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. Over 30,000 lanterns are displayed along the entrance of the shrine to help […]

Features, Traditional Japan

Okinoshima Island becomes UNESCO World Heritage site

Okinoshima Island becomes UNESCO World Heritage site

(All photos by Tsuneo Nakamura) The sacred island of Okinoshima was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO on July 9 at a meeting held in Krakow, Poland. Okinoshima is home […]

Features, Traditional Japan

Hirahara Waterfall Purification Ceremony

Hirahara Waterfall Purification Ceremony

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Japanese men stood underneath Hirahara Waterfall during the traditional purification ceremony “Hirahara-no-Taki-biraki” in Nishio City, Aichi prefecture, on July 2. Each year, “yaku-otoko,” men whose […]

Features, Traditional Japan

Yosakoi-in-Oiden Festival in Toyokawa

Yosakoi-in-Oiden Festival in Toyokawa

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Traditional Yosakoi-in-Oiden festival was held in Toyokawa City, Aichi prefecture, on May 28. Dance teams gathered from all over the nation to participate in the […]