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Sanja Matsuri 2017

Sanja Matsuri 2017

(All photos by Michael Steinebach/AFLO) Sanja Matsuri took place in Asakusa, Tokyo, on May 19. Sanja Matsuri is the largest among the three main Shinto festivals in Tokyo, attracting over […]

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“Honozumo” Sumo Tournament at Yasukuni Shrine

“Honozumo” Sumo Tournament at Yasukuni Shrine

(All photos by Yohei Osada/AFLO) Ceremonial sumo tournament “Honozumo” took place at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 17. Held annually in April, the free one-day event features top sumo […]

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Handheld fireworks launched at Shinto Shrine

Handheld fireworks launched at Shinto Shrine

(All photos by Ben Weller) Annual spring festival Gongen Matsuri was held this weekend at Matsudaira Tosho-gu, a Shinto shrine in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture. Men launched handheld fireworks known […]

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Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo

(All images by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO) People admiring the beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo during the first week of April. Every year, crowds gather to popular cherry blossom spots with food […]

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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 […]