In Japan, Worshippers Take Frosty Plunge Against COVID-19

January 11, 2021 03:56 PM
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In Japan, an annual Shinto ritual of soul purification this year included prayers for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines forced a much smaller gathering than in previous years, but as VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports, believers still turned out – and stripped down – for the annual observance.

Produced by: Arash Arabasadi