Purifying the body and soul by dipping in ice-cold water

People wearing loin cloths pray as they bathe in ice-cold water during a winter ritual to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year at a shrine in Tokyo

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15:07 January 16, 2018
Men wearing loin cloths hold a brick of ice after bathing in ice-cold water in a ceremony to purify their souls and wish for good health in the new year at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo
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