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Newlyweds celebrated by throwing groom into deep snow in central Japan

Teruaki Kanke is thrown high in the air in Tokamachi, Niigata, on Jan. 15, 2022. (Yukio Itahana)

TOKAMACHI, Niigata -- A traditional event to bless newlyweds by throwing the groom into deep snow was held on Jan. 15 at a hot spring resort in this central Japan city.

    In the event at Matsunoyama Onsen hot spring resort in the Niigata Prefecture city of Tokamachi, where about 2 meters of snow had piled up, onlookers applauded loudly as the rough welcome was given.

    The groom selected for this year's event was Teruaki Kanke, a company employee from the prefectural city of Sanjo. The 28-year-old man was carried up to the Yakushi-do Buddhist hall, and his friends, with a shout of "one, two, three," tossed him high into the air, and sent him rolling down the hill to his wife, Ami, 25, who was waiting for him below.

    Kanke said that he had been fascinated by the event for a long time and commented, "I will build a warm family where smiles never cease."

    (Japanese original by Yukio Itahana)

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