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JAPAN-ROYALS/FUNERAL
RTX2RU3Z
November 04, 2016
Shinto priests arrive for a funeral for the late Prince Mikasa, the younger brother of former Japanese...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests arrive for a funeral for the late Prince Mikasa, the younger brother of former Japanese...
Shinto priests arrive for a funeral for the late Prince Mikasa, the younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito, at Toshimagaoka imperial cemetery in Tokyo, Japan, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Koji Sasahara/Pool
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTSHQ8A
July 13, 2016
A Shinto priest walks in front of thousands paper lanterns, which were displayed and lit up the precincts...
Tokyo, Japan
A Shinto priest walks in front of thousands paper lanterns during the Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine...
A Shinto priest walks in front of thousands paper lanterns, which were displayed and lit up the precincts of the shrine, where more than 2.4 million war-dead are enshrined during the Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTX2B48E
April 22, 2016
A Shinto priest waits for Japanese lawmakers to return from the main building of the Yasukuni shrine...
Tokyo, Japan
A Shinto priest waits for Japanese lawmakers to return from the main building of the Yasukuni shrine...
A Shinto priest waits for Japanese lawmakers to return from the main building of the Yasukuni shrine where they pay respects to the country's war dead in Tokyo, Japan April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTX19LHB
April 21, 2015
A staff member of the shrine (C) bows as Shinto priests walk after a ritual to cleanse themselves during...
Tokyo, Japan
A staff member of the shrine bows as Shinto priests walk after a ritual to cleanse themselves during...
A staff member of the shrine (C) bows as Shinto priests walk after a ritual to cleanse themselves during Annual Spring Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 21, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine for war dead, a senior spokesman said, a day before he hopes to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a leaders' summit in Jakarta. REUTERS/Issei Kato
JAPAN-ODDLY/
RTR4KVCX
January 11, 2015
Eighty one-year-old Sakon Haba (L) wearing loin cloth walks past a police station after he bathed in...
Tokyo, Japan
Eighty one-year-old Sakon Haba wearing loin cloth walks past a police station after he bathed in ice-cold...
Eighty one-year-old Sakon Haba (L) wearing loin cloth walks past a police station after he bathed in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 11, 2015. According to organizers, about 100 participants took part in the Shinto ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
NEWYEAR-CELEBRATION/JAPAN
RTR4JSDE
January 01, 2015
Men ride on a "mikoshi" or portable shrine as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to...
Oiso, Japan
Men ride on a "mikoshi" or portable shrine as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to...
Men ride on a "mikoshi" or portable shrine as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, west of Tokyo, January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY)
NEWYEAR-CELEBRATION
RTR4JPVU
December 31, 2014
A Shinto priest looks behind a cover during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year's...
Tokyo, Japan
A Shinto priest looks behind a cover during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year's...
A Shinto priest looks behind a cover during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year's Day, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-SHRINE/
RTR42HL2
August 15, 2014
People release doves as they pray for the war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2014, on...
Tokyo, Japan
People release doves as they pray for the war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo
People release doves as they pray for the war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2014, on the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two. Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects at the Tokyo shrine seen as a symbol of past militarism on Friday and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent an offering, moves likely to anger Asian neighbours and put at risk attempts to improve regional ties. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT ANNIVERSARY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTR3M5FO
April 22, 2014
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22, 2014....
Tokyo, Japan
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22, 2014. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that the Japanese government should not interfere if a lawmaker pays a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, as an individual. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTR3M5FJ
April 22, 2014
A shrine attendant cleans at the Yasukuni Shrine before its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22,...
Tokyo, Japan
A shrine attendant cleans at the Yasukuni Shrine before its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo
A shrine attendant cleans at the Yasukuni Shrine before its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22, 2014. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that the Japanese government should not interfere if a lawmaker pays a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, as an individual. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
JAPAN-YASUKUNI/
RTR3M5F3
April 22, 2014
The Yasukuni Shrine's Shinto priests prepare for its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22, 2014....
Tokyo, Japan
The Yasukuni Shrine's Shinto priests prepare for its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo
The Yasukuni Shrine's Shinto priests prepare for its Annual Spring Festival in Tokyo April 22, 2014. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that the Japanese government should not interfere if a lawmaker pays a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, as an individual. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ART-AUCTIONS/ASIAPAC
RTR3H54B
March 14, 2014
"Spill", a stainless steel vessel by Subodh Gupta is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of...
New York, UNITED STATES
"Spill", a stainless steel vessel by Subodh Gupta is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of...
"Spill", a stainless steel vessel by Subodh Gupta is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian Art Week" media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York March 13, 2014. Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shintoism are among highlights of Asian week art sales in New York next week.
Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
ART-AUCTIONS/ASIAPAC
RTR3H53T
March 14, 2014
A Japanese iron articulated model of a dragon from the Edo period (18th and 19th century) is seen on...
New York, UNITED STATES
A Japanese iron articulated model of a dragon from the Edo period (18th and 19th century ) is seen on...
A Japanese iron articulated model of a dragon from the Edo period (18th and 19th century) is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian Art Week" media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York March 13, 2014. Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shintoism are among highlights of Asian week art sales in New York next week.
Picture taken March 13, 2014.
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
ART-AUCTIONS/ASIAPAC
RTR3H53N
March 14, 2014
A Densatil-style Tibetan gilt bronze sculpture of a Nagaraja from the 15th century is seen on display...
New York, UNITED STATES
A Densatil-style Tibetan gilt bronze sculpture of a Nagaraja from the 15th century is seen on display...
A Densatil-style Tibetan gilt bronze sculpture of a Nagaraja from the 15th century is seen on display during the ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian Art Week" media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York March 13, 2014. Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism. Daoism and Shintoism are among highlights of Asian week art sales in New York next week. Picture taken March 13, 2014.

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
ART-AUCTIONS/ASIAPAC
RTR3H53B
March 14, 2014
A large famille rose enamelled turquoise-ground 'bats' vase (1736-1795) is seen on display during the...
New York, UNITED STATES
A large famille rose enamelled turquoise-ground 'bats' vase (1736-1795) is seen on display during the...
A large famille rose enamelled turquoise-ground 'bats' vase (1736-1795) is seen on display during the ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian Art Week" media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York March 13, 2014. Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism. Daoism and Shintoism are among highlights of Asian week art sales in New York next week.

Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
ART-AUCTIONS/ASIAPAC
RTR3H539
March 14, 2014
The 'Min' Fanglei bronze ritual wine vessel is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian...
New York, UNITED STATES
The 'Min' Fanglei bronze ritual wine vessel is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian...
The 'Min' Fanglei bronze ritual wine vessel is seen on display during ''The Spring 2-14 Sales of Asian Art Week" media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York March 13, 2014. Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism. Daoism and Shintoism are among highlights of Asian week art sales in New York next week.
Picture taken March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
JAPAN/
RTX17A7L
January 12, 2014
Men wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January...
Tokyo, Japan
Men wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo
Men wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 12, 2014. According to organizers, about 100 participants took part in the Shinto ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
JAPAN/
RTX173L8
January 06, 2014
Businessmen wearing Shinto vests offer prayers before the altar at the start of the new business year...
Tokyo, Japan
Businessmen wearing Shinto vests offer prayers before the altar at the start of the new business year...
Businessmen wearing Shinto vests offer prayers before the altar at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2014. About 3,000 company representatives visit the shrine during the first few days of the new business year, according to the shrine, to seek good luck and prosperous businesses. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY RELIGION)
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Japanese PM Abe Visits Shrine For War Dead - 27 Dec 2013
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JAPAN-SHRINE/ABE
RTX16U15
December 26, 2013
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's PM Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo December 26, 2013. Abe visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, in a move likely to anger Asian neighbour China and South Korea. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-SHRINE/LAWMAKERS
RTX14FH0
October 18, 2013
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during the Annual Autumn Festival in Tokyo October 18,...
Tokyo, Japan
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during the Annual Autumn Festival in Tokyo
Women in kimonos stand at the Yasukuni Shrine during the Annual Autumn Festival in Tokyo October 18, 2013. Japanese internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo and more than 100 other lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Friday, a move likely to anger Asian victims of Japan's past aggression. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT RELIGION)
JAPAN-SHRINE/LAWMAKERS
RTX14FGW
October 18, 2013
A Shinto priest bows at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo October 18, 2013. Japanese internal affairs minister...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priest bows at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo
A Shinto priest bows at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo October 18, 2013. Japanese internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo and more than 100 other lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Friday, a move likely to anger Asian victims of Japan's past aggression. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT RELIGION)
JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIGA
RTR30NZ7
April 13, 2012
A Shinto shrine gate, with the moon behind it, is seen amidst Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, in Takashima,...
TAKASHIMA, Japan
To match Analysis JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIGA
A Shinto shrine gate, with the moon behind it, is seen amidst Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, in Takashima, Shiga prefecture in western Japan April 6, 2012. Prefectures like Shiga, which have never been courted by the nuclear industry but lie close enough to reactors to be wary of them, are emerging as a serious complication for government and industry efforts to get nuclear power running again. Picture taken April 6, 2012. To match Analysis JAPAN-NUCLEAR/SHIGA REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY DISASTER)
JAPAN/
RTR2LBJR
April 17, 2011
A man prays in front of urns containing the ashes of deceased people killed by the March 11 tsunami,...
OTSUCHI, Japan
Man prays in front of urns containing the ashes of deceased people killed by the March 11 tsunami, at...
A man prays in front of urns containing the ashes of deceased people killed by the March 11 tsunami, at a temple in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, over one month after the area was devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, April 17, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER)
JAPAN
RTXW99B
January 06, 2011
Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Hakuho performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the...
Tokyo, Japan
Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Hakuho performs the New Year's ring-entering rite in Tokyo...
Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Hakuho performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY)
JAPAN
RTXW6Z9
January 04, 2011
People offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 4,...
Tokyo, Japan
People offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo
People offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS RELIGION SOCIETY)
JAPAN/
RTR28JG1
January 05, 2010
Shrine maidens and Shinto priests march after a New Year's Shinto ritual at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto,...
Kyoto, Japan
Shrine maidens and Shinto priests march after a New Year's Shinto ritual at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto,...
Shrine maidens and Shinto priests march after a New Year's Shinto ritual at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto, western Japan January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: RELIGION)
JAPAN
RTXQ2YN
October 28, 2009
New Zealand's "Haka" dancers and Japan's "Shinto" priest (R) attend an unveiling ceremony of Giant Rugby...
Tokyo, Japan
New Zealand's "Haka" dancers and Japan's "Shinto" priest attend an unveiling ceremony of Giant Rugby...
New Zealand's "Haka" dancers and Japan's "Shinto" priest (R) attend an unveiling ceremony of Giant Rugby Ball next to Tokyo Tower in Tokyo October 28, 2009. The world largest rugby ball that measures 25 meters (82 feet) long and 13 meters (42 feet) high sited next to the Tokyo's landmark and it will promotes New Zealand's Rugby World Cup 2011 and its tourism industry. The inside of the ball features 360degree large screen. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN SPORT)
JAPAN
RTR239EK
January 11, 2009
A man wearing a loin cloth holds onto ice as he bathes in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine...
Tokyo, Japan
A man wearing a loin cloth holds onto ice as he bathes in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine...
A man wearing a loin cloth holds onto ice as he bathes in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 11, 2009. About 60 participants took part in the Shinto ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR238BO
January 10, 2009
Men splash themselves with ice-cold water during a winter season purification ceremony at the Kanda Myojin...
Tokyo, Japan
Men splash themselves with ice-cold water during a winter season purification ceremony at the Kanda Myojin...
Men splash themselves with ice-cold water during a winter season purification ceremony at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo January 10, 2009. Some 33 people, including several women, took part in the New Year purification ceremony. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
JAPAN-EMPEROR/
RTR2348T
January 07, 2009
Shinto priests arrive for a ceremony marking 20 years of the late Emperor Hirohito's death at the Musashino...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests arrive for a ceremony marking 20 years of the late Emperor Hirohito's death at the Musashino...
Shinto priests arrive for a ceremony marking 20 years of the late Emperor Hirohito's death at the Musashino Imperial mausoleum in Tokyo January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR22Y7A
December 31, 2008
Shinto priests walk through a torii gate after a Shinto ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests walk through a torii gate after a Shinto ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji...
Shinto priests walk through a torii gate after a Shinto ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR22Y6I
December 31, 2008
Shinto priests bow during a purification ceremony at the Meiji Shrine before a Shinto ritual to usher...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests bow during a purification ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
Shinto priests bow during a purification ceremony at the Meiji Shrine before a Shinto ritual to usher in the New Year in Tokyo December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTXA5TY
November 02, 2008
Visitors look at paper lanterns during the Autumn Grand Festival at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo November...
Tokyo, Japan
Visitors look at paper lanterns during the Autumn Grand Festival at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
Visitors look at paper lanterns during the Autumn Grand Festival at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo November 2, 2008. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR21XTN
September 16, 2008
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka...
Kamakura, Japan
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka...
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a shrine in Kamakura, south of Tokyo, September 16, 2008. Archers try to hit three targets as their horses gallop along a 250-meter course during the annual ritual held at the Shrine since 1186. REUTERS/Michael Caronna (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR21XTI
September 16, 2008
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka...
Kamakura, Japan
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka...
A mounted archer aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame Shinto ritual at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a shrine in Kamakura, south of Tokyo, September 16, 2008. Archers try to hit three targets as their horses gallop along a 250-meter course during the annual ritual held at the Shrine since 1186. REUTERS/Michael Caronna (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTX5QHG
May 15, 2008
Shinto priests bow during the grand festival, a celebration held in honour of the shrine's kami (deities),...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests bow during grand festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo
Shinto priests bow during the grand festival, a celebration held in honour of the shrine's kami (deities), at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo May 15, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR1Z5XB
April 06, 2008
Girls dressed as shrine maidens walk past sake barrels during the Kanamara Festival, a fertility ritual,...
Kawasaki, Japan
Girls dressed as shrine maidens walk past sake barrels during the Kanamara Festival in Japan
Girls dressed as shrine maidens walk past sake barrels during the Kanamara Festival, a fertility ritual, at Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo April 6, 2008. The festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday of April, is believed to bring good luck and fertility blessings. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR1Z5X5
April 06, 2008
Shinto priests and community leaders pray to inspire the spirits at a portable phallic shrine during...
Kawasaki, Japan
Shinto priests and community leaders pray to inspire the spirits at a portable phallic shrine during...
Shinto priests and community leaders pray to inspire the spirits at a portable phallic shrine during the Kanamara Festival, a fertility ritual, at Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo April 6, 2008. The festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday of April, is believed to bring good luck and fertility blessings. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR1Z5X3
April 06, 2008
Participants dressed in women's clothes carry a portable phallic shrine during the Kanamara Festival,...
Kawasaki, Japan
Participants carry a portable phallic shrine during Kanamara Festival in Kawasaki, Japan
Participants dressed in women's clothes carry a portable phallic shrine during the Kanamara Festival, a fertility ritual, near Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo April 6, 2008. The festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday of April, is believed to bring good luck and fertility blessings. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR1Z5X1
April 06, 2008
Participants dressed in women's clothes carry a portable phallic shrine during the Kanamara Festival,...
Kawasaki, Japan
Participants carry a portable phallic shrine during Kanamara Festival in Kawasaki, Japan
Participants dressed in women's clothes carry a portable phallic shrine during the Kanamara Festival, a fertility ritual, near Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo April 6, 2008. The festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday of April, is believed to bring good luck and fertility blessings. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTX53XN
December 31, 2007
Shinto priests walk to the main shrine for a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests walk to the main shrine for a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the...
Shinto priests walk to the main shrine for a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTX53XJ
December 31, 2007
Shinto priests leave the main shrine after a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests leave the main shrine after a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the...
Shinto priests leave the main shrine after a Shinto ritual to bid farewell to 2007 and prepare for the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SUKE
August 17, 2007
A young Japanese woman adjusts her zori (Japanese thonged sandal) during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda...
Tokyo, Japan
A young Japanese woman adjusts her zori during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo...
A young Japanese woman adjusts her zori (Japanese thonged sandal) during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August 17, 2007. A total of 20 high school and university students took part in the one-day course to learn the rites and rituals of Shinto religion, which included detailed instructions on the ways to bow, pray and walk in a proper manner. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SUK6
August 17, 2007
A young Japanese woman practices how to hold a Sakaki, a sacred tree in the Shinto religion, during Shinto...
Tokyo, Japan
A young Japanese woman practices how to hold a Sakaki during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin...
A young Japanese woman practices how to hold a Sakaki, a sacred tree in the Shinto religion, during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August 17, 2007. A total of 20 high school and university students took part in the one-day course to learn the rites and rituals of Shinto religion, which included detailed instructions on the ways to bow, pray and walk in a proper manner. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SUJV
August 17, 2007
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August...
Tokyo, Japan
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August 17, 2007. A total of 20 high school and university students took part in the one-day course to learn the rites and rituals of Shinto religion, which included detailed instructions on the ways to bow, pray and walk in a proper manner. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SUJR
August 17, 2007
Young Japanese women walk in front of Kanda Myojin's main shrine during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda...
Tokyo, Japan
Young Japanese women walk in front of Kanda Myojin's main shrine during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda...
Young Japanese women walk in front of Kanda Myojin's main shrine during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August 17, 2007. A total of 20 high school and university students took part in the one-day course to learn the rites and rituals of Shinto religion, which included detailed instructions on the ways to bow, pray and walk in a proper manner. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SUJM
August 17, 2007
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August...
Tokyo, Japan
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo
Young Japanese women practice bowing during Shinto maidens workshop at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo August 17, 2007. A total of 20 high school and university students took part in the one-day course to learn the rites and rituals of Shinto religion, which included detailed instructions on the ways to bow, pray and walk in a proper manner. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN)
JAPAN/
RTR1SSA2
August 14, 2007
A boy dressed in Japan's imperial military uniform watches men marching at the Yasukuni Shrine, which...
Tokyo, Japan
A boy dressed in Japan's imperial military uniform watches men marching at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo
A boy dressed in Japan's imperial military uniform watches men marching at the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours wartime leaders convicted by an Allied tribunal as war criminals, along with millions of war dead, on the 62nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, in Tokyo August 15, 2007. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN)
JAPAN
RTR1SS54
August 14, 2007
The shadows of visitors waiting for the gate of Yasukuni Shrine to open is seen on the 62nd anniversary...
Tokyo, Japan
Shadows of visitors waiting for the gate of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to open is seen
The shadows of visitors waiting for the gate of Yasukuni Shrine to open is seen on the 62nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, in Tokyo August 15, 2007. The shrine honours wartime leaders convicted as war criminals, along with millions of war dead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN)
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August 05, 2007
A shinto priest walks past the A-bomb dome during a procession for the victims of the atomic bombing...
Hiroshima, Japan
Shinto priest walks past A-bomb dome during procession for victims of atomic bombing at Peace Memorial...
A shinto priest walks past the A-bomb dome during a procession for the victims of the atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima August 5, 2007. Hiroshima will be marking the 62nd anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing on Monday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
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July 07, 2007
Women pray for good relationships or good luck in love during "Tanabata", or the Star festival, at Jishu...
Kyoto, Japan
Women pray for good relationships or good luck in love during "Tanabata", or the Star festival, at Jishu...
Women pray for good relationships or good luck in love during "Tanabata", or the Star festival, at Jishu shrine in Kyoto, western Japan July 7, 2007. The shrine is dedicated to the god of love and matchmaking, and the festival is to celebrate the meeting of Vega and Alter, which happens once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar over the Milky Way, based on a Chinese legend. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota (JAPAN)
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June 07, 2007
A Shinto priest waits for the arrival of former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo...
Tokyo, Japan
A Shinto priest waits for the arrival of former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui at Yasukuni Shrine
A Shinto priest waits for the arrival of former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo June 7, 2007. Lee, despised by Beijing for asserting the self-ruled island's sovereignty, paid his respects at a Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine on Thursday, despite China's objections. REUTERS/Michael Caronna (JAPAN)
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April 28, 2007
A baby, held by an amateur sumo wrestler, takes part in a baby-crying contest at Sensoji temple in Tokyo...
Tokyo, Japan
A baby, held by an amateur sumo wrestler, takes part in a baby-crying contest at Sensoji temple in Tokyo...
A baby, held by an amateur sumo wrestler, takes part in a baby-crying contest at Sensoji temple in Tokyo April 28, 2007. Eighty-four babies born in 2006 took part in the event, which is held to pray for the babies' health and growth. The winner of the contest is the baby who cries the loudest. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN)
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April 23, 2007
Shinto priests walk at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN)
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priests walk at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo
Shinto priests walk at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo April 23, 2007. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN)
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January 14, 2007
Men pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 14, 2007. About...
Tokyo, Japan
Men pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo
Men pray as they bathe in ice-cold water at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 14, 2007. About 50 participants took part in the Shinto ceremony to purify their souls in the cold water. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN) FOR BEST QUALITY SEE: GF2E56M0KI001
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August 15, 2005
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (2nd R) receives a sacred...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (2nd R) receives a sacre.....
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (2nd R) receives a sacred sake from Shinto priestesses as he visits the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to pay tribute to the war dead August 15, 2005. [Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.]
JAPAN
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August 15, 2005
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (3rd R) is led by a Shinto...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (3rd R) is led by a Shin.....
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Shinzo Abe (3rd R) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to pay tribute to the war dead August 15, 2005.[Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi] marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.]
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December 31, 2002
A shinto priest is assisted by his colleagues to purify his hands before a ceremony to usher off 2002...
Tokyo, Japan
A shinto priest is assisted by his colleagues to purify his hands before a ceremony to usher off 200.....
A shinto priest is assisted by his colleagues to purify his hands before a ceremony to usher off 2002 and prepare for the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2002. Some two million people are expected to visit the shrine during the first three days in the new year to pray for long life and happiness.
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January 13, 2002
Shinto priest Masamitsu Nakagawa (C), 95, bathes in ice-cold water alongside fellow Japanese at Teppozu...
Tokyo, Japan
Shinto priest Masamitsu Nakagawa (C), 95, bathes in ice-cold water alongside fellow Japanese at Tepp.....
Shinto priest Masamitsu Nakagawa (C), 95, bathes in ice-cold water alongside fellow Japanese at Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo January 13, 2002. [The cold endurance event is staged during Japan's chilly winter season. The Japanese capital is expecting a highest temperature on Sunday of 13 degrees centigrade.]
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