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Yosakoi-in-Oiden Festival in Toyokawa

Yosakoi-in-Oiden Festival in Toyokawa

(All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) Traditional Yosakoi-in-Oiden festival was held in Toyokawa City, Aichi prefecture, on May 28. Dance teams gathered from all over the nation to participate in the […]

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14 year-old shogi shogi player wins sixth group ranking match of Ryuo Tournament

14 year-old shogi shogi player wins sixth group ranking match of Ryuo Tournament

(All photos by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO) Japan’s youngest professional shogi player Sota Fujii beat 20-year-old Seiya Kondo at the sixth group ranking match of the 30th Ryuuou Tournament on May […]

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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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“Honozumo” Sumo Tournament at Yasukuni Shrine

“Honozumo” Sumo Tournament at Yasukuni Shrine

(All photos by Yohei Osada/AFLO) Ceremonial sumo tournament “Honozumo” took place at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 17. Held annually in April, the free one-day event features top sumo […]

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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 […]