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Photo Journal: Muddy dash


Newlyweds dash through a muddy rice paddy in the Yoshiimachi district of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, during a local festival in which some 10,000 participants including children and parents took part. A total of five couples participated in a "muddy wedding ceremony," cutting a chocolate-coated "mud cake" together. They then competed in a heated race in the paddy wearing wedding outfits. The winning couple was awarded coupons to stay at a local hot spring inn. Kids and their parents also ran hand in hand in the muddy water. (Mainichi)

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