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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 […]

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Dondo Yaki Fire Ceremony

Dondo Yaki Fire Ceremony

A Daruma doll burns in a fire at Wakamiya Hachiman-sha shrine in Nagoya, Japan on January 14th, 2016. People burn New Year decorations and lucky symbols from the previous year […]

Traditional Japan

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2015

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2015

(Click on the image above to view the full gallery) Tokyo, Japan – Participants wear only short or loincloths before taking a “purification” dip ice cold water during the annual […]

Traditional Japan

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2014

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2014

(Click on the image above to view the full gallery) Tokyo, Japan – Participants pour themselves cold water during the Annual New Year ice bath ceremony at Kanda Myojin Shinto […]