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Hamaorisai matsuri

Large flags fly over the ceremonial ground during the Hamaorisai Matsuri that takes place on Southern Beach in Chigasaki, near Tokyo, Kanagawa, Japan Monday July 18th 2011. The festivals marks the celebration of Marine Day and 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.

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Hamaorisai Festival
Large flags fly over the ceremonial ground during the Hamaorisai Matsuri that takes place on Southern Beach in Chigasaki, near Tokyo, Kanagawa, Japan Monday July 18th 2011. The festivals marks the celebration of Marine Day and 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.