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Photo of the Week – Polar Bears in Tokyo

Only because it has been so cold recently….

ritual ice water bath in Tokyo

Enjoying a cleansing polar bear swim in Tokyo (Photo: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)

Participants bathe in icy water during a winter purification bathing or shinto-style polar bear bath at Teppozu-Inari Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, 08 January 2012 at the start of the New Year. Some people participate in purification bathing or swimming at the start of the New Year in Japan in the hope for their wellness. Photo: EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA.  Story and photo from Artdaily.com

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