Cross-Dressing Couple Marry in Century-Old Harvest Festival (Japan in Photos)

Children carrying pine torches escort a couple in a traditional mujina no mukasari harvest ritual in Murayama, Yamagata Prefecture, on November 12, 2017. Dating back more than 100 years, the ceremony sees the bride and groom swap places in a mock wedding to ensure the success of crops and bring prosperity in the year to come. The cross-dressing nuptials are centered on the mujina, or badger, which is thought to be a shape-shifting messenger of the rice field deity. (© Jiji)

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