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Shinto priest in Japan wears handmade panda mask to attract visitors to her shrine

A senior priest at a shrine in Japan's Greater Tokyo Area wears a homemade panda mask in an attempt to attract visitors to the religious site. Miwako Kojima of Aruka Shrine in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, decided to bring the shrine's mascot, a panda, to life by creating a mask from clay, masking tape and acrylic paint. The panda priest uses the costume to lighten up the mood and create a friendly face for the younger visitors. "I used to feel hot when I needed to keep wearing the mask for a long time in the hot summer," Kojima says in the video, which has English subtitles. "Now I tuck a mini-fan inside it and keep cool when the weather is hot." This video was filmed on March 25.
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