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In Photos: Community in Japan's Akita Pref. retains lion dance tradition for over 200 years

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Before a "kagura" performance, Tetsuya Ikeda, second from left, and his sons give a prayer to a lion mask at Kataho Hachiman-jinja shrine in Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, on April 17, 2022. He and eldest son Yamato, foreground, will be the lion and second son Taira, left, will be the clown, "Saizo." (Satoshi Takahashi)

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