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Purified by the water and fire of Japan in Wakayama

Travel | PHOTO ESSAY Jan 21, 2017

Purified by the water and fire of Japan in Wakayama

On the polished stones of Ojigahama Beach in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, a group of men stand in the February cold. Dressed in long athletic coats they look like a marooned football team. They've come for shiogori, a saltwater baptism to cleanse body and mind ...