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Shrine maidens hang bundles dyeing 'Effort' at Hofu Tenmangu shrine on December 16, 2012 in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan. The 3,500 bundles, returned from the students who passes university entrance examinations this spring, will be...More
December 16, 2013 License
Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Osaru-no-kuni on December 21, 2013 in Tonosho, Kagawa, Japan.
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Buddhism practitioners walk berefoot on the fire during the 'Hiwatari (walking on fire)' ritual at Akihasan Entsuji Temple on December 16, 2013 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The annual ritual is thought to remove bad luck and pray for good...More
Capybara take yuzu (Japanese citrus) floating bath at Saitama Children's Zoo on December 22, 2013 in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, Japan. It is said that taking yuzu bath on the winter solstice day makes people stronger against cold.
December 22, 2013 License
Buddhist monks and practitioners attend the annual dusting at Higashi Honganji Temple on December 20, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. The dusting is in a traditional way, blowing the dust out of the hall with big fans while others raise the dust...More
December 20, 2013 License
A four-meter-tall steel plate is moved into position to raise the height of the breakwater at Chubu Electric Power Co's Hamaoka nuclear power plant on December 19, 2013 in Omaezaki, Shizuoka, Japan. Chubu Electric originally completed...More
December 19, 2013 License
Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak during the luncheon hosted by the emperor at the Imperial Palace on December 19, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
People crop Japanese mandarin orange on December 17, 2013 in Hirono, Fukushima, Japan. Hirono town, former no-go zone of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, had imposed the voluntary ban to harvest the oranges after the...More
December 17, 2013 License
Sara Takanashi of Japan competes in the FIS Women's Ski Jumping on December 22, 2013 in Hinterzarten, Germany.
Irina Avvakumova of Russia, Sara Takanashi of Japan and Carina Vogt of Germany pose during the winners' ceremony at the Ladies Ski Jumping HS 108 during the FIS Women's Ski Jumping on December 22, 2013 in Hinterzarten, Germany.