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omiwatari

Sora News 24, an English-language aggregator of fun or interesting stories from Japan, featured this video under the headline "Experience the moment the local gods cross a frozen Lake Suwa." Krista Rogers writes,

When the lake’s surface freezes, pressure ridges form on the ice due to the presence of a natural hot spring beneath its waters. This awe-inspiring sight is known as omiwatari, which can be rendered into English along the lines of “gods’ crossing.” According to local lore, the ridges are actually the pathways of the gods as they travel between the four building complexes of the Suwa Grand Shrine located on opposite sides of the lake.

In the video, you can hear the ice creaking under the pressure, and then, suddenly, there's a loud crack, whiteness spreads like lightning, and the ice buckles and explodes upward. The gods have made their crossing. There are two views of the moment, at 1:10 and 2:16. The second view is looking at the guy who filmed the first view. Thanks to Wakanomori for sharing!



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heleninwales
Feb. 13th, 2018 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's an amazing natural phenomenon.
asakiyume
Feb. 13th, 2018 04:59 pm (UTC)
I was amazed too--never imagined anything like it!
stormdog
Feb. 13th, 2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
That is so nifty!
asakiyume
Feb. 13th, 2018 04:59 pm (UTC)
Right?! I'm so grateful to the couple that filmed it!
sartorias
Feb. 13th, 2018 05:33 pm (UTC)
That was seriously cool!
asakiyume
Feb. 13th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
Like a special effect--only REAL
pigshitpoet
Feb. 13th, 2018 11:37 pm (UTC)
; )
AWESOME! THANKS FOR SHARING!
asakiyume
Feb. 14th, 2018 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: ; )
So glad you liked it!
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