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Photo Journal: Freezing fun

Tourists enjoy riding on a banana boat that is being towed by a snowmobile on frozen Lake Akan in the city of Kushiro, Hokkaido, in this recent photo. Local fishermen operate the attraction as a winter enterprise. The eight-seater banana boat runs at speeds up to 20 kilometers per hour along a course for 5 minutes on the ice, which is over 30 centimeters thick. More than 600 tourists -- mostly tour groups from Asian countries -- come to experience the exciting ride amid the beautiful scenery every winter. The attraction can be enjoyed until the end of March, unless the ice melts early. (Mainichi)

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