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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...
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  • Mikoshi and supporters in silhouette  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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  • 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea with mount Fuji in the background 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporter wearing a wide brimmed hat 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporters 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporters 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporters 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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  • A Shinto priest watches mikoshi as they are carried into the sea 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporter 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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporter drinking a beer 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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  • Mikoshi supporters in wide-brimmed hats watch as mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Festival supporters sit in a truck that is carrying saki a 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • A Mikoshi supporter watches the waves  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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  • Portrait of a mikoshi supporters 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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  • Shinto priests carry-out a ceremony to bless the mikoshi 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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  • A festival supporter's feet leave marks in the sand as he stands on the surf line 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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  • Mikoshi are carried into the sea 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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