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This picture taken on November 23, 2012 shows participants taking... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Event,Horizontal,Japan,Mask - Disguise,North,Participant,Party - Social Event,Saitama Prefecture,Social Issues,Suburban,Talking,Tokyo - JapanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPThis picture taken on November 23, 2012 shows participants taking part in a free talking session during a match-making party in Washinomiya, Saitama prefecture, in the northern suburbs of Tokyo. Self-confessed geeks in Japan who might ordinarily be too shy to ask someone on a date are trying a new kind of matchmaking: wearing cartoon character masks. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)