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This the Sanja Matsuri, where the locals carry their mikoshi, portable but very heavy shrines, to the Asakusa Temple, Tokyo. I loved seeing the enthusiasm as everyone joined in to lug in around a hundred shrines. But this particular one attracted more interest, followers and photographers than most. The clue to why, is the man you can see waiting for it; his tattoos indicate he is Yakusa, the Japanese mafia. So I had to wonder whether, in this instance, the prime motivation was devotion or duty?
There is strength in numbers; Gentoo penguins are quite vulnerable to Leopard Seals when they dive into the water, so by forming a group and going in all at once, each individual penguin in this community greatly increases their own chance of not being eaten.
Visiting and supporting a remote Nepalese school on Annapurna mountains. The school is in Kaski District and the village is called Sardikhola in Northern Central Nepal. We have provided, text books, pencils and other school materials for the children at the school.