Hikonyan cat mascot helps pound mochi at castle in western Japan

Hikonyan cat mascot helps pound mochi at castle in western Japan

Hikonyan, an official cat mascot of the city of Hikone in Shiga Prefecture, helps pound mochi at Hikone Castle to prepar...

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Reconstruction of quake-damaged Aso Shrine completed in southwestern Japan

Reconstruction of quake-damaged Aso Shrine completed in southwestern Japan

The reconstruction of Aso Shrine, which was severely damaged in powerful earthquakes in southwestern Japan in April 2016...

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Radish soup served at Buddhist temple in Kyoto

Radish soup served at Buddhist temple in Kyoto

A Buddhist temple in Kyoto offers radish soup to visitors, a tradition that has continued for more than 700 years.

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Yearend cleaning at Hikone Castle in western Japan

Yearend cleaning at Hikone Castle in western Japan

Yearend cleaning takes place at Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

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Children set up dragon statue at shrine in western Japan

Children set up dragon statue at shrine in western Japan

Children set up a gigantic dragon statue made of rice straw at a shrine in western Japan to welcome the year of the drag...

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Temple workers weave sacred ropes from rice straw

Temple workers weave sacred ropes from rice straw

Workers at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Chiba Prefecture weave sacred ropes from rice straw.

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Captain Tsubasa statue at train station in Tokyo

Captain Tsubasa statue at train station in Tokyo

A wooden statue of the main character of Japanese anime "Captain Tsubasa" appears at Yotsugi Station in Tokyo.

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3,800 Santa's walk and run to support children fighting illnesses

3,800 Santa's walk and run to support children fighting illnesses

3,800 people dressed in Santa Claus costumes walk and run to support children fighting illnesses.

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Autumn cherry blossoms in western Japan

Autumn cherry blossoms in western Japan

Cherry trees that bloom in spring and autumn are in season in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.

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Emperor and family visit museum to see ancient Japanese paintings

Emperor and family visit museum to see ancient Japanese paintings

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko visit Tokyo National Museum to see an exhibit of ancie...

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