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Photo Journal: Sweet deal

Shrine priests pack bags of candy and other treats for children as the Shichigosan festival season approaches for 3- and 7-year-old girls and 3- and 5-year-old boys, at Suwa Shrine in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 18, 2016. Since early this month, the priests have been preparing the bags with candy, pencils for good luck in school studies and old-fashioned propeller toys. By this weekend they will have prepared 1,200 bags. The peak for Shichigosan visitors is expected around the weekend of Nov. 15, although in recent years many families come earlier or on weekdays. (Mainichi)

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