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Somanomaoi festival, July 2013 (63 images)

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During the four-day-long Somanomaoi Festival in Minami-soma, Fukushima, members of old samurai families ride horseback through the town in traditional armour. There are ceremonies at local shrines, while riders take part in horse races, and compete on horseback to catch a flag launched into the air by fireworks. Many of the participants were forced to moved away from their homes after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
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