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Photo Journal: Striking a pose

Yoga aficionados pose against the backdrop of Heian Jingu Shrine's giant crimson torii gate during an event organized by Kokusai Yoga Day Kansai for the United Nations' International Day of Yoga in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward on June 18, 2017. A total of 1,296 people gathered for the roughly 40-minute event, according to organizers. The International Day of Yoga, which falls on June 21 every year, began in 2015 as the brainchild of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and since then, major cities all over the world have been holding large-scale yoga events to celebrate the occasion. Last year, the event was held at Osaka Castle Park in Osaka's Chuo Ward. (Mainichi)

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