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performers at a festival in Japan
December 9, 2013

Festival Performers, Japan

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Gion Matsuri is one of Japan's oldest and most famous festivals. On special occasions during the festival, geisha and maiko come out to perform traditional dances on the grounds of some of the city's shrines. In this photo, the maiko greet a geisha as they exit the stage after a performance.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)

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Photograph by Benoit Hardy-Chartrand

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