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Dip In Ice Cold Water For Good Luck

Japanese brave ice cold water in a traditional "soul-purification' ceremony to wish for good luck in 2009.

Dozens of participants at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo offered prayers and chants before stepping into a pool of ice water. With the outside temperature just below freezing, men then poured water over themselves to purify their souls which would bring them good luck.

Bathing in cold water, or standing under waterfalls is a traditional Shinto purification rite.

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