- Title: JAPAN: YOUNG JAPANESE TAKE COLD DIP IN TRADITIONAL COMING-OF-AGE CELEBRATION.
- Date: 16th January 2005
- Summary: (L!1) TOKYO, JAPAN (JANUARY 16, 2005) (REUTERS) MEN PLAYING JAPANESE DRUMS MEN PLAYING JAPANESE DRUMS
- Embargoed: 31st January 2005 12:00
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: General,Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVACVTEVWALEV012EXUPKLQFY930
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- Story Text: Youngsters in Japan take a cold dip in severe weather during traditional of coming of age celebration.
A group of young Japanese have celebrated coming-of-age by plunging themselves into ice-cold waters in Tokyo on Sunday (January 16).
Turning 20 years in Japan is considered coming-of-age and being able to drink legally and vote.
But for some people in Tokyo, becoming an adult means taking a bath of ice water.
Bathing in cold water, or standing under waterfalls is a traditional Shinto purification rite.
At the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, the soul-cleansing Shinto rite was combined with a coming-of-age ceremony for an experience participants would not forget.
After prayers at the shrine, the participants jogged around the shrine grounds before stepping into a pool of ice water and splashing ice water over themselves.
The event has been held every year since 1988 at this time, one week after the coming-of-age day, set on the second Sunday of January (January 10), and there are some participants who turn up in their bathing suits every year saying it brings them luck.
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