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Photo Journal: Heartfelt double act

(Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. Ltd.)

Renowned kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, 39, carries his eldest son, 4-year-old Kangen Horikoshi, as the pair is suspended in midair as part of a performance at the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, on July 3, 2017. The father-and-son double act carried out the impressive display, less than two weeks after TV announcer Mao Kobayashi -- who was their wife and mother respectively -- passed away on June 22, at the age of 34. Commenting on the performance with his son, Ebizo wrote in his blog, "It couldn't have been better. I was moved by how well 'My pace' boy did today. It felt as though Mao was flying with us." (Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. Ltd.)

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