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Video: Pure pleasure

Hina-ningyo dolls are seen being sent out to sea on a small wooden boat during the "Hina Nagashi" ritual held on March 3, 2016, at the Awashima Shrine in the city of Wakayama. Held in accordance with the "momo no sekku," commonly known as Girls' Day, the traditional ritual is believed to date back to the Edo era and is held to pray for children's happiness. A total of some 45,000 old hina dolls from around the country were offered at the shrine during this year's ritual, with around 300 of them sent out to sea on three wooden boats following a purification ceremony. Some 5,000 visitors attended the event. (Mainichi)


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