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Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Photo of the day: What in the world?

Update: The correct answer is Tokyo, Japan, where a Shinto priest is walking with a sprig of the sacred tree as businessmen wait to offer prayers, wishing for the prosperous business year during a ceremony on the first business day of New Year at Kanda Myojin. Kanda Myojin is known as the shrine of commerce and industry.

It’s the new year, and all across the world, people are marking the occasion in their own way.

In today’s photo of the day, a man walks with a sprig in hand and a cap on his head as dozens of people silently look on. It’s a ceremony of sorts, but for what? And where in the world is it happening?


(Itsuo Inouye - AP)

Hint: The photographer’s name may help you with the country, though you get extra points for pinning down the specific city. No Googling!

Let us know your guesses in the comments below or tweet them using the hashtag #whatintheworld.

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