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Hamaorisai matsuri

A mikoshi and supporters seen in silhouette during the Hamaorisai Matsuri that takes place on Southern Beach in Chigasaki near Tokyo, Kanagawa, Japan Monday July17th 2006. The festivals marks the celebration of Marine Day in July. Over forty Mikoshi or portable shrines are carried through the night from surrounding shrines to arrive on the beach for sunrise. They are then carried into the surf to purify them.

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Hamaorisai Festival
A mikoshi and supporters seen in silhouette during the Hamaorisai Matsuri that takes place on Southern Beach in Chigasaki near Tokyo, Kanagawa, Japan Monday July17th  2006. The festivals marks the celebration of Marine Day in July. Over forty Mikoshi or portable shrines are carried through the night from surrounding shrines to arrive on the beach for sunrise. They are then carried into the surf to purify them.