Blissful waterfall

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan 21, 2009

Kamiichimachi, Japan -- Pilgrims clad in white pray for good health while standing under a waterfall at Oiwasan Nissekiji temple in Kamiichimachi, Toyama Prefecture, on Tuesday.

About 60 people took turns to stand beneath half a dozen six-meter-high waterfalls and chanted Buddhist sutras during the ritual held on Daikan, traditionally the coldest day of the winter, while braving temperatures of minus 3 C.

Oiwasan Nissekiji is the head temple for the Shingon sect. It is said to have been founded in the year 725 by the Buddhist saint Gyoki.