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Sapporo Snow Festival 2017

Sapporo Snow Festival 2017

(All photos by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO) Large snow sculptures are being displayed at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival which is held February 6-12th this year. Over 2.5 million people are expecting […]

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Setsubun festivals held across Japan

Setsubun festivals held across Japan

(Photo by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO) People across Japan celebrated Setsubun or Bean-Throwing festival today. Setsubun is celebrated each year on February 3rd marking the day before the beginning of Spring. (Photo […]

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Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day in Tokyo

Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day in Tokyo

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Firefighters participated in fire drills during the 63rd Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day) at Ikegami Honmonji Temple on January 26 in […]

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New Year Ice Bath Ceremony in Japan

New Year Ice Bath Ceremony in Japan

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Annual New Year ice bath ceremony took place at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo on January 21. A group of brave men and women […]

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Coming of Age Celebration: Mikoshi in the Sea

Coming of Age Celebration: Mikoshi in the Sea

(All photos by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO) Traditional Coming of Age ceremony took place in Katase Enoshima beach in Kanagawa Prefecture on January 15. New adults who will turn 20 years old […]