Chilly dip

REUTERS/Toru Hanai

People wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water outside the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo on Sunday. The temperature was 7 degrees in Tokyo on Sunday. According to organizers, about 100 participants took part in the Shinto ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year. 

  • 1

    sensei258

    Never a dull moment in Japan

  • 0

    some14some

    The temperature was 7 degrees in Tokyo

    quite warm :)

  • 2

    sensei258

    Don't drop the soap!

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    mtuffizi

    interesting event.

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    Strangerland

    The Japanese version of the polar bear swim!

    I did the polar bear swim one year in Canada. It either took years off my life or added them. I'm not sure which, but I wouldn't do it again!

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    Wakarimasen

    Ice swimming is popular all over the world around this time of year. Makes me shudder just to think about it.

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    Mocheake

    'People?'There is, like, one woman in those pictures and she isn't wearing a loin cloth. All the other young girls in the country were thinking 'kimoi.' I'm with them.

  • -1

    turbotsat

    Surely they were thinking 'look at all them hot oyajis.'

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    sensei258

    There is, like, one woman in those pictures and she isn't wearing a loin cloth.

    I think she is one of the temple maidens, kinda like an alter boy in a Catholic church

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    Jimizo

    As repellent as this sight is, it should inspire confidence in forty-somethings like myself who wince when looking in the mirror. I won't even wear shorts in public these days.

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    sensei258

    I may be wrong about the maidens though

  • -1

    turbotsat

    Who's the dude at upper left corner?

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