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A man beats a drum in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. Over 30,000 lanterns light up the precincts of the shrine, where more than 2.4 million war dead are enshrined, during the four-day festival from July 13 to 16. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A man beats a drum in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. Over 30,000 lanterns light up the precincts of the shrine, where more than 2.4 million war dead are enshrined, during the four-day festival from July 13 to 16. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Women wearing traditional clothes watch as people carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Women wearing traditional clothes watch as people carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Worker fixes a light bulb to a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Worker fixes a light bulb to a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Men play drums in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Men play drums in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Workers fix light bulbs to a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Workers fix light bulbs to a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




A man beats a drum in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A man beats a drum in front of a wall of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People walk past a wall of lanterns as they leave the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People walk past a wall of lanterns as they leave the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




A woman stands between lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A woman stands between lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People mingle between walls of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People mingle between walls of lanterns during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Men relax after they carried a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Men relax after they carried a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




A woman carries a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

A woman carries a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

People carry a portable shrine during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Women and girls wear traditional dresses during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Women and girls wear traditional dresses during the annual Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)




Two office workers wearing summer kimonos Yukata look at paper lanterns as they visit on the eve of Mitama Matsuri, a summer festival at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, 13 July 2015. About 300,000 people visit the shrine decorated with about 30,000 lanterns during the three-day summer festival aiming at comforting souls of dead, especially for the war dead. The festival is after Japan's Buddhist custom to honor and comfort souls of family's ancestors. (Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)

Two office workers wearing summer kimonos Yukata look at paper lanterns as they visit on the eve of Mitama Matsuri, a summer festival at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, 13 July 2015. About 300,000 people visit the shrine decorated with about 30,000 lanterns during the three-day summer festival aiming at comforting souls of dead, especially for the war dead. The festival is after Japan's Buddhist custom to honor and comfort souls of family's ancestors. (Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)
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