Gorilla Rings In 2017 With Dive Into Osaka's Dotonbori River!

As a way of welcoming in 2017, Joe, a popular Japanese YouTuber uploaded a video to his channel (Joe Blog), featuring him jumping into Osaka’s Dotonbori River while wearing a gorilla costume.

Every year thousands gather along the Dotombori River in Osaka to ring in the New Year and of those thousands there are always a few that when the clock strikes 12, jump into the river in what some call a “New Year’s dive” (toshikoshi daibu). According to J-Cast News, approximately 60 people jumped into the river 2 years ago in order to celebrate the start of 2015. Unfortunately, amongst these roughly 60 people there was an 18-year old Korean man that drowned and died. Because of incidents like that authorities warn against diving into the river but people still do it.

 This is the second year that Joe has done this but the first year that he did it in a gorilla costume. The temperature that night was about 3 °C (37 °F).


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