KAMAKURA RETAISAI FESTIVAL

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A pilgrim bows in prayer at the "maiden" inside the grounds of 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 sea during a rite known as hamaorisai. Photographer: Robert Gilhooly
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