KAMAKURA RETAISAI FESTIVAL

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Shrine priests and officials make their way along the Dankazura approach road of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine on their way to Yuhigahama beach to perform a rite known as "hamaorisai" at the start of the 3-day Reitaisai festival in Kamakura, Japan on  14 Sept. 2012.  During the ritual the priests collect seaweed from the sea and decorate the shrine with the rewards of their early morning endeavors. Photographer: Robert Gilhooly
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