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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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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 […]

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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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Fertility Festival at Tagata Shrine in Japan

Fertility Festival at Tagata Shrine in Japan

A Shinto priest performs a ceremony before a wooden phallus during Honen-sai, a fertility festival at Tagata Shrine in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. (All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Men carry […]

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Hosha Shinji archery ritual at Atsuta Shrine

Hosha Shinji archery ritual at Atsuta Shrine

People struggle on the ground to grab pieces of the target during the Hosha Shinji ritual on January 15, 2016 at Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, Japan. Getting the center block […]