omiwatari

Feb. 13th, 2018 08:33 am
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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!

Date: 2018-02-13 02:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
Wow! It does look like the passing of some supernatural being, doesn't it? Either the gods on top of the ice or some sort of sea serpent (lake serpent?) beneath it.

Date: 2018-02-13 03:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aamcnamara
Oooooh, that is so amazing. Thanks for passing this along!

Date: 2018-02-13 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
WOW

Date: 2018-02-14 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivy
Whoa! That is great; thanks for sharing!

Date: 2018-02-14 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
Sugoi, indeed!

Date: 2018-02-14 07:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
Cool!

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