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Photo Journal: A warm new year

A woman and three girls eat hot bowls of "nanakusagayu," a rice porridge made with seven traditional spring plants, at Ohtori Shrine in Tokyo's Taito Ward, on Jan. 7, 2017. The seven spring plants include Japanese parsley, turnip, and shepherd's purse, and consuming the porridge is part of a New Year's ritual to pray for good health. Spring began with the new year under the old Japanese calendar. (Mainichi)

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