KAMAKURA REITAISAI

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A shrine priest reads sutras during a ritual to bless arrows used in 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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