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Photo Journal: Burning passion

Men hold large torches at the traditional "Hayama no Himatsuri" (Fire Festival in Hayama), which was held for the first time in eight years in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Tomioka in northern Japan on Aug. 15, 2018, after the event was suspended following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. About 50 men ran up a dark mountainous road to the summit of Mount Hayama, which stands about 230 meters above sea level, while holding torches that are up to about 3 meters in length and weigh about 40 kilograms. Festival participants prayed for a good harvest and the reconstruction of the town. The festival is a Shinto ritual for the local Hayama Shrine and has a history of more than 400 years. (Mainichi)

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