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Somanomaoi Festival 26 July – 28 July 2013

Participants in the Somanomaoi Festival, Somanakamura shrine, Minami-soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, July 26, 2013. During the four-day-long Somanomaoi Festival members of old samurai families ride horseback through the town in traditional armour. They also take conduct ceremonies at local shrines, take part in horse races, and compete on horseback to catch a flag launched into the air by fireworks.