Worshippers in Tokyo plunge into ice bath to mark new year

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Devotees of a shrine in Tokyo welcomed the new year with an ice-cold bath in an annual tradition that goes back 68 years.

Forty people took part in the event at Teppou-zu Inari Shrine on Sunday, where men and women donned loincloths and white gowns before plunging into water filled with ice blocks.

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The Shinto ritual is said to purify the soul and bring good health in the new year.

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