Husband-throwing in snow may not be an Olympic sport yet, but in Japan's central prefecture of Niigata, it has been going on since the 18th Century. (Courtesy: EVN/NHK/CBS)
Husband-throwing in snow may not be an Olympic sport yet, but in Japan's central prefecture of Niigata, it has been going on since the 18th Century.
The custom is practiced annually on January 15th in the city of Tokamachi. It supposedly started as retaliation by men against outsiders who married local girls.
Three newly-married couples took part in this year's event on Wednesday. The kimono-clad husbands were carried to the top of a hill and thrown one by one into two meters of snow. They rolled down the slope to their waiting wives.
One husband said he felt invigorated in the snow even though he was nervous at the beginning.
His wife said she was scared and nervous at first but felt relieved to see her husband at the bottom of the hill. She said she wants to create a happy family.
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