Real men and women only need apply for this insane Japanese winter purification ritual
January 14th marks the date of the Japanese tradition of Kanchu Misogi, a midwinter festival of purification that is still practiced today. The event includes a ritual called mizugori, where participants are poured over with ice cold water outdoors for purification and good fortune.
These photos were taken in Tokyo on a day when the weather was a high of 45 degrees and a low of 32 degrees. These city slickers actually have it nice because in cities like Hikonai in Hokkaido, the cold-water purification event can run in temperatures like 21.9 degrees. It's just you and a loincloth versus the cold weather, and several douses of cold water.
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