2018 no. 24

For centuries, festivals have been essential to the fabric of Japan. They are held to thank the gods for the blessings of nature and to express hope for good health. Unique festivities and rituals give each festival day a special meaning.

Top: Lantern light creates the otherworldly atmosphere unique to Japanese festivals.
Bottom left: The ever-popular water balloon yo-yos at a festival stall.
Bottom center: Candied apricots all in a row.
Bottom right: Little girl dressed in festival clothes. (Photos: amanaimages, PIXTA)

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