Japanese pray for the top of COVID-19 in ice-cold water
TOKYO – Males sporting conventional loincloths and ladies wearing white robes clapped and chanted earlier than going into an ice water bathtub throughout a Shinto ritual at a Tokyo shrine on Sunday to purify the soul and pray for the top of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solely a dozen folks took half within the annual occasion at Teppou-zu Inari Shrine, scaled-down this yr as a result of well being disaster, in comparison with over 100 in early 2020. Spectators weren’t allowed on the occasion.
After doing warming-up workouts and chanting beneath a transparent sky with outdoors temperatures at 41.18 Fahrenheit, the 9 male and three feminine members went into a shower stuffed with chilly water and huge ice blocks. “I prayed that the coronavirus involves an finish as quickly as attainable,” stated 65-year-old participant Shinji Ooi, who heads the Shrine’s ‘Yayoikai’ parishioner group, after the ritual.
Japan has struggled to include a latest surge in coronavirus infections, with Tokyo reporting 1,494 new circumstances on Sunday. The federal government declared a restricted state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Thursday, overlaying about 30% of the nation’s inhabitants, in a bid to stem the unfold.
Fewer members on the Shinto ritual made the water further chilly, participant Naoaki Yamaguchi advised Reuters.
“Usually we’ve extra members and it makes the water temperature a little bit bit hotter. However this yr, there have been simply twelve folks, so it (the chilly) was loopy,” the 47-year-old stated.
The shrine added the theme of “keeping off epidemics” to the annual occasion, which is held on the second Sunday of every yr and is now in its 66th yr.
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