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Photo Journal: Streaming ahead

Akitaka Shibasaki, president of traditional carp streamer manufacturer Shibasaki Bussan, adds some extra touches to a line of carp streamers ahead of "Tango no Sekku," or Children's Day, which is celebrated on May 5, at his studio in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture, in this recent photo. The origins of the "Banshugoi" design seen in this photo apparently stem back to around 1897, when an artist taught others about a local production technique. Shibasaki Bussan will continue to work on the streamers until the end of April, and the firm intends to sell about 15,000 in total, mainly in western Japan. (Mainichi)

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