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Photo Journal: Balancing in the New Year

(Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association display their balancing skills on bamboo ladders at a Tokyo Fire Department New Year event at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Jan. 6, 2019. Some 2,800 fire department personnel and members of volunteer fire brigades in the capital joined the event, as well as those from the New Taipei City's fire department in Taiwan who took part for the first time. As part of the festivities, the Tokyo Fire Department's band performed in a parade before the performance reached a peak when fire vehicles and fireboats started shooting water into the air at the same time.

    (Japanese original by Shota Harumashi, City News Department)

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