Ice Ridge Across Lake Suwa Marks Shrine God’s Journey to Nearby Lover (Japan in Photos)

A priest and parishioners of Hakken Shrine gather on the frozen surface of Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture on February 5, 2018, to observe a long ridge of ice known as omiwatari. According to local legend, the phenomenon is caused by the god of the Suwa Grand Shrine traveling across the ice-covered lake to visit his divine lover at an affiliated shrine on the far shore. Weather and other conditions affect the occurrence of omiwatari, and the two incidents of “divine crossing” observed this year were the first in five winters. (© Jiji)

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