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Husband-throwing tradition rolls into a new year

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JAPAN - Husband-throwing in the snow may not be an Olympic sport yet, but in one area of Japan it’s been going on since the 18th century.

The custom is practiced every January in the city of Tokamachi.  It supposedly started as retaliation by men against outsiders who married local girls.

Three newly-married couples took part in this year's event.

The kimono-clad husbands were carried to the top of a hill and thrown one by one into about 7-feet of snow.  They then rolled down the slope to their waiting wives.

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