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Narita, Chiba Prefecture

Monkey Man in Japan
During a nine-hour layover, I took the train one stop to lovely downtown Narita and ate my way around town. I happened to be there on the Sunday before New Year's, when everyone came to the temple to make wishes for the upcoming year. The streets were packed with people selling all kinds of delicious foods—and with entertainers.

I was pretty surprised to turn a corner and see this performer commanding a monkey in Japanese. I couldn't help but sit down and watch their act for a full half-hour.
Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan