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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 […]

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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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New Year Ice Bath Ceremony in Japan

New Year Ice Bath Ceremony in Japan

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Annual New Year ice bath ceremony took place at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo on January 21. A group of brave men and women […]