KAMAKURA RETAISAI FESTIVAL

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A horse rider is given arrows that have been blessed during a ritual on the third day of the 3-day Reitaisai grand festival in Kamakura, Japan on  16 Sept. 2012.  The blessing service is held prior to the main attraction of the festival,the "yabusame-shinji", where elegantly dressed mounted archers speeds down a 250-meter course and attempt to hit three wooden targets with their arrows. Photographer: Robert Gilhooly
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