New Year’s Celebration in Tokyo

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A Japanese girl participates in a calligraphy contest to the celebrate the New Year in Tokyo January 5, 2015. Over 3,000 calligraphers, having qualified in country wide competitions throughout Japan, took part in the annual contest to celebrate the new year. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Participants show off their writings at a new year calligraphy contest in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Japanese school boys and girls participate in a calligraphy contest to celebrate the New Year in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Participants show off their writings at a new year calligraphy contest in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Japanese school boys and girls participate in a calligraphy contest to celebrate the New Year in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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A Japanese girl participates in a calligraphy contest to the celebrate the New Year in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Participants show off their writings under a huge Japanese national flag at a new year calligraphy contest in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Staff members of a calligraphy contest collect writings of participants at a new year calligraphy contest in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters)

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Businessmen wearing Shinto vests offer prayers before the altar at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 5, 2015. More than 3,100 company representatives visit the shrine on the first business day of the new year, according to the shrine, to seek good luck and prosperous businesses. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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A man holding a rake, or kumade, decorated with imitation gold coins and other objects, offers a prayer at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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People bow during a purification ceremony as they offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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People offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo January 5, 2015. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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