Japan is known for having some pretty quirky festivals and events (this article covers some of the more popular ones), and there are plenty more where those came from. A staple on the Niigata winter calendar is the Tokamachi muko (son-in-law) throwing event, and it's one unique way to welcome in a new member of the family.
The event takes place on January 15th every year, and involves new husbands being thrown off a 5 meter-high cliff on the grounds of Yakushidou Temple at Matsunoyama Onsen. That may sound a little harsh – dangerous, even – but the area is blanketed with snow which acts like a cushion for the fall. The new husbands are also encouraged to have a few drinks before the throwing happens, with local sake proving to be a popular choice.
Originally, the event was said to be an act of retribution for a man "taking" one of the local women to be their wife, but these days it's seen as a way of wishing a marriage good luck and prosperity.
The throw is scheduled for approximately 2.30pm this year, but do note that can be subject to change.