|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | World (Click here for more)

Dozens Take Icy Bath at Traditional New Year’s Ceremony in Tokyo

TOKYO – Dozens of people marked on Sunday the New Year by embracing the cold to purify their souls, taking to ice-water baths in the Japanese capital.

At the Teppozu Inari Shinto Shrine in central Tokyo, around 100 men and women joined the icy ceremony, one of several such rituals held annually in Japan.

The men, wearing only white loincloths and headbands, and the small number of robe-clad women, first took part in group stretching exercises to get their blood pumping and warm their bodies up before taking the icy plunge, although the weather outside the pool was a balmy nine degrees on Sunday morning.

At the appointed time, the participants headed to a wide, green pool set up inside the shrine and jumped into the frigid water.

Most were shivering but managed to withstand the cold, and stood clasping their hands together for about two minutes, then jumped out, performed some exercises and jumped back in, a process they repeated three times.

Ice baths are among several customs Japanese perform at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples during the New Year period, including the first such visit of the year done on Jan. 1-3, which is known as “hatsumode.”

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved