Cold, But Worth It

Cold, but worth itPieces of ice sparkle in the morning sun in Toyokoro, Hokkaido, on Saturday. The phenomenon, known as "jewelry ice," appears along a 1-kilometer stretch of the shore only during the coldest time of year. When the Tokachigawa river's water freezes at the mouth, ice flows into the sea and is broken into pieces by the waves, and then deposited on the shore. Visitors endure bitter cold to see the ice at sunrise, with the temperature sinking to minus 15.4 C in the morning.