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Japan's mud festival

2009-02-26 03:31:13 GMT2009-02-26 11:31:13 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A man in a loincloth is thrown into a muddy rice paddy as they jostle each other during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo February 25, 2009. Participants took part in the ceremony to wish for good harvest and good health for babies by smearing mud on their bodies. [Agencies]

Men in a loincloth jostle each other during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo February 25, 2009. Participants took part in the ritual held in the muddy rice paddy to wish for good harvest and health for babies. [Agencies]

Men in loincloths carrying babies in their arms walk carefully in a muddy rice paddy during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo, February 25, 2009. [Agencies]

A man in a loincloth puts mud on the face of a crying baby during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo, February 25, 2009. [Agencies]

A man in a loincloth throws mud in the air during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo, February 25, 2009. [Agencies]

A man in a loincloth is thrown into a muddy rice paddy as they jostle each other during a mud festival at Mimusubi shrine in Yotsukaido, east of Tokyo February 25, 2009.

Participants took part in the ceremony to wish for good harvest and good health for babies by smearing mud on their bodies.

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