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The Hamaorisai matsuri (festival) takes place at sunrise on Southern Beach in Chigasaki, Kanagawa each July. The event marks the public holiday called Marine Day when japan's connection to the sea is celebrated. This particular festival also marks the rescuing of a divine image that was washed ashore in the area. Over thirty Mikoshi or portable shrines are carried through the night from surrounding shrines to arrive on the beach for sunrise. There they are blessed and then carried into the surf to purify them.