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South China Morning Post
Think tank urges Shinzo Abe to stay away from Yasukuni Shrine
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013 photo.
Mikagura ceremony comes to Portland, and America, for the first time
For the first time in the continental U.S., Shinto priests from Japan performed the ancient spiritual ceremony of Mikagura in Portland's First Congregational Church.
Explore Granite Falls: There's more than just the falls in this historic town
Rosalio and Rebeca Montes, of Chihuahua, Mexico, relax in the sun on the bank of the South Fork Stillaguamish River outside of Granite Falls on July 9. The Monteses were in town visiting family who live in Marysville.
Wood found on Ore. Beach traced to Japanese shrine
A battered piece of wood that washed up on the Oregon Coast has been traced to a sacred shrine in Northern Japan.
Tree planting ceremony held at Portland Japanese Garden
A tree planting ceremony was held at Portland Japanese Garden , Friday morning, July 18, 2014.
Portland Shinto performance will be first in the U.S.
The Mikagura ceremony, a Shinto ritual, will be performed for the first time in the U.S. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at First Congregational Church.
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Only in Japan
The vast majority of festivals in Japan are not unusual. Then, there are some that are referred to as "kisai" or "strange festival."