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Japanese exceptionalism month continues

Dateline: NOZAWAONSEN, Japan
Every Jan. 15, the village's 25-year-old men consume impossible amounts of alcohol to buoy their courage ahead of a violent rite of passage. Using only pine branches, they defend a 65-foot-tall wooden shrine from the older men of the village, who attack it fiercely with torches lit from a sacred bonfire.

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