Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Chiba Prefecture, Japan - Proximity to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport makes this Shingon Esoteric Buddhist temple, founded in 940, an easy stop for air travelers with long layovers. For a fee, soothsayers and vending machines promise to reveal your fortune. The temple itself is dedicated to the god of fire, and fire rituals are carried out several times each day.
Fifty women from the city of Shirahama dressed up as Ama divers and waded into the sea for the annual Shirahama Ama Women Divers Festival in Shirahama city, Chiba prefecture, Japan. The ritual pays tribute to the Ama tradition.