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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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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako hina dolls

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako hina dolls

Japanese ”hina” dolls modeled after Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako are displayed at Kyugetsu Company on January 23, 2019, Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese doll maker Kyugetsu Co. unveiled […]

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Coming of Age Day 2019 in Japan

Coming of Age Day 2019 in Japan

January 14, 2019, Urayasu, Japan – 20-year-old women wearing kimonos take pictures after the ceremony of their “Coming-of-Age Day” celebration at the Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo on Monday, […]

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Daruma burning ceremony at Dairyuji temple in Gifu

Daruma burning ceremony at Dairyuji temple in Gifu

Buddhist monks performed a ritual at the start of a daruma kuyo ceremony at Dairyuji, a Buddhist temple in Gifu, Japan. (JANUARY 13, 2019) (All photos by Ben Weller/AFLO) People […]

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Tuna fish sold for record 3 million USD at Toyosu fish market

Tuna fish sold for record 3 million USD at Toyosu fish market

(Photo by Nicolas Datiche/AFLO) President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura displays a 278kg bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2018. […]