Shaking Off the Dust: End-of-Year Cleaning at a Kyoto Temple (Japan in Photos)

Buddhist priests and adherents take part in ritual cleaning at Nishihonganji in Kyoto on December 20, 2017. Susuharai, literally “sweeping away the soot,” is a traditional activity at the end of each year. At the headquarters of the Jōdo Shinshū school, 700 people beat tatami mats with sticks to shake up a year of dust before fanning it away. (© Jiji)

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