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Japanese 20-year-old celebrate 'coming of age' festival

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Japanese 20-year-old celebrate 'coming of age' festival
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People in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo, enjoyed a unique New Year's 'coming of age' festival in which they carry portable shrines in the sea]

People reaching age 20, the legal start of adulthood in Japan gathered in the city of Fujisawa to carry the 4 shrines, or "mikoshi" in Japanese, on their shoulders.

They marched along a road toward the sea and waded into the cold ocean.

The ritual is held to pray for happiness and good fortune in the new year.