These pilgrims are performing a Shinto ritual
which involves plunging into an ice bath
Location: Tokyo, Japan
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 47-YEAR-OLD PARTICIPANT, NAOAKI YAMAGUCHI, SAYING:"Normally we have more participants and it makes the water temperature a little bit warmer. But this year, there were just twelve people, so the coldness was crazy."
The ritual is said to purify souls
and is held every year in January