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New Year ice bath ceremony at Kanda Myojin

New Year ice bath ceremony at Kanda Myojin

January 26, 2019, Tokyo, Japan – Shinto believers recite a prayer before they pour cold water over themselves to purify their bodies and souls as part of the Daikoku festival […]

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Kisenosato attends sumo ring-entering ceremony at Meiji Shrine

Kisenosato attends sumo ring-entering ceremony at Meiji Shrine

Japanese grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kisenosato (R) attends the ring-entering ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on January 8, 2019. (Photo by AFLO) Japanese grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kisenosato […]

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Japan observes 73rd anniversary of end of World War 2

Japan observes 73rd anniversary of end of World War 2

(Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO) Japan marked the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the memorial ceremony at Tokyo Budokan Martial Arts […]

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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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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 […]