January 16, 2014 5:00 pm

WATCH: ‘Husband-throwing’ event takes over Japanese mountainside

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It may not be an Olympic sport yet.

But husband-throwing in the snow has been going on in Japans’ central prefecture of Niigata since the 18th century.

The custom is practiced in one city every year on January 15th.

It supposedly started as retaliation by men against outsiders who married local girls.

Three newly-weds took part in this year’s event Wednesday.

The kimono-clad husbands were carried to the top of a hill and thrown one by one into about six-feet of snow.

The husbands then rolled down the slope to their waiting wives.

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