Japanese locals take an icy bath in New Year purification ritual

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Published on January 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:22s

Japanese locals take an icy bath in New Year purification ritual

Nearly one hundred Japanese people plunge into an ice bath to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year.

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Japanese locals take an icy bath in New Year purification ritual

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Nearly one hundred people gathered at a Tokyo shrine to wash themselves in an icy bath on Sunday (January 13) to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year.

Barely dressed to bear the cold, amongst the 98 participants, there were 12 women, an 83-year-old man, and a 9-year-old boy, who came with his father to wish him luck and health.

This annual ritual, in its 64th year this time, was held under cloudy skies with temperature nearing five degree Celsius (41F).

The Shinto event is usually held on the second Sunday, and participants exchange New Year's greetings.

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