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Posted on 3/02/2009 04:19:00 PM

Mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, Japan

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One man in a loincloth throws mud in the air during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, Japan
Men in loincloths jostle each other during the mud festival
A participant falls in the mud

The festival is held in a muddy rice paddy

The mud festival is celebrated to pray for a good harvest...

... and good health for babies

Babies have their forehead marked with some mud as a symbol of blessing

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