14 May 2013

Water Battle

More purifivation ritual than actual water fight -- which is why so many people are dumping buckets of freezing water on themselves -- this Shinto ritual combines community bonding with strength and focusing the mind.  Everyone from bankers to laborers, young and old, strips to fundoshi and frolics in the chilly water.

There's a few photos of the men warming up afterwards too, with some hot coals and sake!

1 comment:

John said...

I know this has an ancient, ceremonial purpose but I know from experience how much fun it is to splash around in the water with a group of nearly naked men. It is a true bonding experience. It's even better when the fundoshis come off and get dried and swapped.