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Photo Journal: Sight unseen

Women dressed in white and blindfolded walk in a procession across Nunobashi bridge toward Ashikura-ji temple as part of a Buddhist ritual in Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on Sept. 24, 2017. During the Edo period, women were forbidden from climbing the sacred mountain of Tateyama, and the "Nunobashi kanjo-e" procession -- in which female adherents are blindfolded for the journey -- was invented as a way to allow women to pray for rebirth in Buddhist paradise. The ritual disappeared in the Meiji era but was revived in 1996, and in recent times has been held once every three years. This year, 110 women walked across the some 45-meter Nunobashi bridge as part of the event. (Mainichi)

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