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This is a unique ritual event for a new year, which is conducted at the center of Tokyo. In the field of shrine, the instant plastic pool is prepared, there are many big ices in the water, so the water temperature is very low as biting. The serious believers soak themselves three times, one time takes around one minute while reciting some unusual spell loudly. That makes us feel cold, however they believe that they can purify themselves and be in good health.
Purification totally takes 30 minutes. The participants are strongly requested to be taken pictures, so they cannot go out from frozen pool---.

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