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Blast from the Past

A man in period costume shakes hands with the spectators at the 57th Hyaku Man Goku Matsuri in Kanazawa, the Festival commemorating Lord Maeda Toshiie's entry into Kanazawa. Called ”manji" (卍) in Japanese, the swastika on his helmet is a Buddhist symbol representing the Dharma and harmony. It was often found on family coats of arms in medieval Japan.

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Taken on June 7, 2008