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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 […]

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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 […]