Participants dashes as the gate opens during 'Fuku otoko erabi' or lucky man race as a part of the 'Toka Ebisu' festival at Nishinomiya Shrine on January 10, 2013 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan. The annual race, start at 6:00am on Janaury 10, competed by running 230 meters from the gate to the main hall.
People put coins on the offered frozen bluefin tuna at Nishinomiya Shrine on Janaury 8, 2013 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan. It is said that business goes well by placing coins onto the body, the tuna will be displayed by January 11 then processed and distributed.
Meercats are seen in an earthen pot which a heater is set at the bottom, at Kujukushima Zoological and Botanical Garden Morikirara on Janaury 11, 2013 in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. Meercats have the habit of forming huddles in narrow space and of letting one stand guard outside.
A worker hungs rows of Japanese somen to dry in the winter sun on January 10, 2013 in Tonosho, Kagawa, Japan. The thin wheat noodles forming white curtains and the production at its peak on the island of Shodoshima.
A man wearing Kamishimo, formal wear of Samurai worrior chops Shimenawa sacred rope in hope of good health and good harvest of this year at 'Shime Kiri', the sacred rope cutting ritual at Anjo Temple on January 10, 2013 in Shima, Mie, Japan.
Golfer Ryo Ishikawa poses for photographs during a press conference on his contract with Callaway on January 10, 2013 in Narita, Chiba, Japan. The contract is worth estimated 600 million Japanese yen (approximately 6.74 million U.S. dollars) per year, Ishikawa challenges to the U.S. PGA Tour this year.