Traditional Japan

Traditional Japan

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

(All photos by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) Approximately 1800 dolls decorate the 60 steps of Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura, 50 miles southeast of Tokyo. The Pacific coastal fishing town in Chiba prefecture […]

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Fire festival at Toba Shinmeisha Shrine

Fire festival at Toba Shinmeisha Shrine

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Annual fire festival “Toba-no-Hi Matsuri” took place on February 11 at Toba Shinmeisha, a Shinto shrine in Nishio, Japan. The festival begins with men walking […]

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Hina dolls modeled after leaders and athletes

Hina dolls modeled after leaders and athletes

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Japanese doll maker Kyugetsu Co. unveiled a set of hina dolls modeled after French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese figure skater […]

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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 […]