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Spectacular Pictures From 2019 Shinto Festival in Japan

World | Associated Press | December 5, 2019, 10:59 am
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 Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town centre is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods. (Image: AP)
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Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. Moving six towering floats up a hill and into the town centre is the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest thanksgiving into a once-a-year meeting between two local gods. (Image: AP)

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 White-clad men carry a mikoshi, a portable shrine, during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion that goes back centuries. It is animism that believes there are thousands of kami, or spirits, inhabiting nature, such as forests, rivers and mountains. (Image: AP)
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White-clad men carry a mikoshi, a portable shrine, during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion that goes back centuries. It is animism that believes there are thousands of kami, or spirits, inhabiting nature, such as forests, rivers and mountains. (Image: AP)

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 A lantern-covered float stands as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)
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A lantern-covered float stands as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Paper lanterns are displayed at the Chicibu Shrine before the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, west of Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Paper lanterns are displayed at the Chicibu Shrine before the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, west of Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Lantern-covered floats stand as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. The Chichibu Night Festival, which has roots that go back more than 1,000 years, is one of three famous Japanese festivals to feature huge floats, which can top 7 meters (23 feet) and weigh up to 15 tons. (Image: AP)
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Lantern-covered floats stand as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. The Chichibu Night Festival, which has roots that go back more than 1,000 years, is one of three famous Japanese festivals to feature huge floats, which can top 7 meters (23 feet) and weigh up to 15 tons. (Image: AP)

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 Local residents perform kabuki inside a float for the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. This two-day festival has its roots in an older tradition of villagers giving thanks to the nearby mountain god for helping them during the planting and harvesting season, according to the chief priest of the shrine. (Image: AP)
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Local residents perform kabuki inside a float for the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. This two-day festival has its roots in an older tradition of villagers giving thanks to the nearby mountain god for helping them during the planting and harvesting season, according to the chief priest of the shrine. (Image: AP)

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 Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Men stand on top of a lantern-covered float as fireworks light up the sky during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Participants clad in kimonos prepare to pull a float before it goes to the town central square at the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Participants clad in kimonos prepare to pull a float before it goes to the town central square at the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, north of Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A mikoshi, a portable shrine, is displayed at the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. The Chichibu Night Festival, which has roots that go back more than 1,000 years, is one of three famous Japanese festivals to feature huge floats, which can top 7 meters (23 feet) and weigh up to 15 tons. (Image: AP)
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A mikoshi, a portable shrine, is displayed at the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. The Chichibu Night Festival, which has roots that go back more than 1,000 years, is one of three famous Japanese festivals to feature huge floats, which can top 7 meters (23 feet) and weigh up to 15 tons. (Image: AP)

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 People walk on the road to the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)
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People walk on the road to the Chichibu Shrine during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Participants clad in traditional happi coats put lanterns on floats before it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Participants clad in traditional happi coats put lanterns on floats before it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A man holding a lantern shouts on a lantern-covered float going to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)
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A man holding a lantern shouts on a lantern-covered float going to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 A lantern-covered float leans as it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)
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A lantern-covered float leans as it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Participants clad in traditional happi coats put lanterns on floats before it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Participants clad in traditional happi coats put lanterns on floats before it goes to the town central square during the Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu, Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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