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Japanese plunge into icy water for New Year ritual

Over 100 people in Japan plunged into icy water today as part of an annual ritual to mark the start of the New Year at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo.

Some Japanese believe the Shinto ceremony is an opportunity to purify their souls and wish for good health.

The mostly male participants wearing white loincloths carried out a series of acts including dousing cold water over themselves.