The annual mid-winter swim - with temperatures below zero - gets under way in the Arakawa River, Tokyo, today, with about 70 Japanese children and youths participating in the spartan sport.
L.V. A bridge over the Arakawa River.
S.V. Children on the bank.
S.V. Crowd watching.
G.V. Children doing physical training.
S.V. People watching.
L.V. Girls entering the water with umbrellas.
C.U. Girls swimming with umbrellas.
S.V. Boys entering the water.
C.U. Boy swimming.
S.C.U. A man giving up.
L.V. Children leaving the water.
C.U. Young woman leaves the water.
S.V. Small child playing.
S.C.U. Girls drinking hot milk.
C.U. Boy drying himself.
S.V.Pan. Children by the bonfire.
S.C.U. Boys drinking hot milk.
Back V. Children warming their rears by the fire.
Nearer V. Ditto.
C.U. Around the fire.
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Background: The annual mid-winter swim - with temperatures below zero - gets under way in the Arakawa River, Tokyo, today, with about 70 Japanese children and youths participating in the spartan sport.
A crowd of shivering spectators watch the swimmers wade into the river and swim for a distance of 25 metres. As soon as the course is covered they all make a dash for the cheery bonfire.
This annual event is designed to develop the physical and spiritual fortitude of the children. If they survive this they can survive almost anything!!!