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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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14 year-old shogi shogi player wins sixth group ranking match of Ryuo Tournament

14 year-old shogi shogi player wins sixth group ranking match of Ryuo Tournament

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Japan’s youngest professional shogi player Sota Fujii beat 20-year-old Seiya Kondo at the sixth group ranking match of the 30th Ryuuou Tournament on May […]

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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 […]