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Photo Journal: Returning ritual

Shukan Sakanushi, head priest of Dairakuin temple, performs a fire ceremony praying for recovery following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 30, 2015. The area is preparing to mark five years since the quake and tsunami and the ensuing disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. The prefecture is slowly regaining the appearance it had at New Year's before the disasters. An evacuation order for Naraha was lifted in September, and at Dairakuin temple, preparations for a New Year's Day Homa ritual, the first to be performed since the disasters, were made on Dec. 30. (Mainichi)

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