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Photo Journal: Glamorous glass

(Mainichi)

Shrine maidens paint glassworks on July 25, 2018, at Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine in Fukuoka's Higashi Ward ahead of the Hojoya Festival to be held on Sept. 12 to 18. The glassworks, called "chanpon" in Japanese, were a popular toy in the Edo period and make a gentle popping sound when you blow into them. The shrine will prepare 1,300 chanpon in seven varieties, ranging from 15 to 33 centimeters in length to sell at the festival, which is dedicated to giving thanks for the blessings of nature. At a workspace in the shrine office, four maidens painstakingly hand-painted dragonflies and flowers on the surface of the thin glass objects. Their work will continue until around mid-August. (Mainichi)

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