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Shinto priests bow during a ritual end-of-the-year purification... News PhotoCeremony,Horizontal,Japan,Meiji-jingu Shrine,New Year's Day,Preparation,Priest,Religion,Shinto,Tokyo - JapanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPShinto priests bow during a ritual end-of-the-year purification ceremony to prepare for New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on December 31, 2012. Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country to celebrate New Year's Day, one of the most important holiday periods of the year here. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)