Hinase fire hose battle, Feb 2014 (30 images)
The annual Bizen "Housui Gassen" (fire-hose battle) takes place in the Hinase port area of Bizen city in Okayama Prefecture, central Japan. Opposing teams of fire-fighters spray each other with hoses before the event culminates with a display of coloured water from the hoses. After the event the soaked and frozen firefighters greet friends, family, spectators on the dockside. Fire department chiefs signal the start and end of the event with flags from a small boat in the bay.