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Photo Journal: Golden photo opportunity

People crowd around a golden Daruma doll at the Takasaki Daruma market in the Gunma Prefecture city of Takasaki on the morning of Jan. 1, 2018. According to organizers, some 350,000 people visited the market under clear skies in the city on Jan. 1 and 2. People wrote their aspirations and wishes for 2018 on the golden doll, while people also lined up to take photos in front of a 2.8-meter-high doll at the venue. Daruma dolls are viewed as symbols of good luck. At the market, the Gunma Daruma Doll Manufacturers' Cooperative Union set up tents to sell items, while booths offered local food. This year marked the second time for the market to be held. Sponsors of the market include the city of Takasaki and the Takasaki Tourism Association. (Mainichi)

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