2017 Hamaorisai Matsuri (16/26)

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A shinto priest blesses the Mikoshi during the Hamaorisai matsuri in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. Monday July 17th 2017.  This festival is celebrated on Marine Day in Japan. Over 40 mikoshi (portable shrines) are paraded through the night to arrive on the coast at Southern Beach where they are blessed in a Shinti ritual before being carried into the waves to be purified.
A shinto priest blesses the Mikoshi during the Hamaorisai matsuri in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. Monday July 17th 2017. This festival is celebrated on Marine Day in Japan. Over 40 mikoshi (portable shrines) are paraded through the night to arrive on the coast at Southern Beach where they are blessed in a Shinti ritual before being carried into the waves to be purified.
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