There are a lot of strange customs, things and people in Japan, but this one is really odd: forcing a fish to drink sake.
The fish were the drinkers in a strange ceremony dating back to the Edo Period in which lively carp are made to consume a large dose of sake as they symbolically take on people's calamities. After drinking the sake, the fish are released into a river. [...]
Filled up with sake, the carp at first turned belly-up on the surface of the water. But they soon recovered and swam off.