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The 65th Midwinter Swimming meeting

 The 65th Midwinter Swimming meeting

Annual "Midwinter Swimming meeting" (purification ceremony during cold) was held in the New Year that became the 65th in the Teppozu-inari-jinja Shrine precincts in this year from 11:00 on January 12. It is Shinto ritual to make ablutions, and to pray for perfect state of health that Midwinter Swimming performed on second Sunday for New Year holidays bathes in cold water in front of God on the New Year and cleanses mind and body every year. It is classic festival that it is called performing cold-water ablution in midwinter and cold purification ceremony, and ever revived as "Midwinter Swimming meeting" by predecessors in the family line chief priest by origin and event at the done beginning of the year in 1955 in the Edo era.

As for the participant, as for the man, white Ecchu loincloth, woman are white clothing look for white headband. At first, the cause of instruction of Tokyo Shrine agency training Michihiko Gyoji (= head priest) shinochokushibankyohyokawashinshakyushi appears in public road and subsequently we expel mind and body and, after greetings, purification of Nakagawa chief priest, cleanse Shinto shrine one round running while soaking in water tank with icicle to chest after having performed chicken ships of warm-up (ship), and doing movement of shinkon while advocating with "haraikodaishin, haraikodaishin ...". Finally we perform chicken ships of rearranging campaign again and finish cold purification ceremony. Dedication performance of gun bank musical accompaniment is carried out in kagura hall from 9:00, and warm amazake is served in the precincts depths by worshiper on that day.