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Young men shower in icy waterfall in coming of age ritual.

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1. Participants running around the shrine in preparation for the ritual 2. Pan from the ice cube in the water to participants 3. People watching 4. Wide of three females splashing water 5. Close up of a woman 6. Medium shot of people watching 7. Close up of a man bathing to the wide of him cheering 8. Wide shot of ceremony and people watching 9. Close up of a man bathing and wide shot of the man completing the rite 10. Medium shot of participants shivering 11. Wide shot of men bathing 12. Musicians from behind 13. Close up of a drummer 14. Medium shot of a participant shivering 15. Wide shot of a participants bathing and people watching 16. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese) Vox Pop, participant "After this, it feels that I can overcome any obstacles in life after this. It could be the religious meaning of this ceremony. However, let alone, I am still glad that I took this challenge." 17. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese) Vox Pop, woman "I feel good. Yes, I feel good, I guess." 18. Participants finishing the rite by bowing and clapping 19. Wide shot of the water drawn from fountain pouring over ice cube 20. Close up of Shinto guardian lion 21. Participants posing for photo 22. Wide shot of the shrine STORYLINE: Under a clear blue sky, with temperatures reaching 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees F), a group of 20 year old Japanese men clad in nothing but loin cloths prepare for an icy dip at the Holy Court of the Tokyo shrine. These young men are at Tokyo Kanda Myojin shrine to submit to a very "cool" rite of passage. Hundreds of spectators all wearing coats and scarves have assembled to observe the ritual. After holy prayers are chanted, the group exercise in a ceremonial manner before jumping into the icy pool. This ritual has become an annual event marking "Coming of Age Day", this Monday (14 January 2002). In the Shinto religion, which is widely practiced in Japan, it is believed that a physical challenge prepares one for coming challenges later in life. It is also believed that the holy water of the pool, which is drawn from a small stream in the shrine. The ritual also is meant to prove the virility of the participants. The cold weather weather is evident on their faces, as their teeth chatter and lips take on a slightly bluish hue. The temperature of the water is brought down even further by the addition of a large chunk of ice in the centre of the pool. This is the 15th year of the annual traditional event. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/07cb1f1bda8fc0fb0809549549aa6261 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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