KAMAKURA REITAISAI

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Shrine officials walk up the 61 steps leading up to the inner sanctuary  during the annual Reitaisai Grand Festival at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, Japan on  14 Sept. 2012.  Sept 14 marks the first day of the 3-day Reitaisai festival, which starts early in the morning when shrine priests and officials perform a purification ritual in the ocean during a rite known as hamaorisai and limaxes with a display of yabusame horseback archery. Photographer: Robert Gilhooly
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