By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline. On one of the winter's coldest nights in Japan, you will find screaming men running the streets around Okayama's Saidaiji Temple naked. A mural fills a wall at Mikoku-yu onsen, or hot spring bath, in Sumida ward, Tokyo.
One of the most fascinating things to see and do in a foreign country is to take part in a local festival. Around 9, men dressed in only loincloths gathered in Okayama, Japan to take part in the annual naked festival. Despite freezing temperatures, the men battled to grab a pair of sacred wooden sticks (Shingi) thrown by a priest at the vibrant festival, also known as Hadaka Matsuri. Inside, the walls were lined with metal lockers and there were no curtains, no changing areas.
The world has gone to the dogs, and we have credible proof to claim this. A Hadaka Matsuri (裸祭り, "Naked Festival") is a type of Japanese festival, or matsuri, in which in Okayama, where the festival originated. Every year, over 9, men participate in this festival in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year. Receptionist is nice.
Hadaka Matsuri participants are strictly men. In Saidai-ji, the elementary school boys have a separate competition during the day, while the men compete at the stroke of midnight. Throughout the afternoon, groups of brave, loincloth-clad men race through the icy cold pool.
For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though men and women bathe separately. This festival has over nine thousand naked men running around. Why are they naked, and what are they doing?. Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter.
Have you ever wanted luck and happiness for an entire year? Hadaka Matsuri are celebrated througout Japan, Saidai-ji's being the largest. Their Hadaka Matsuri features nearly 10, men and boys in. From naked men to setting off fireworks and lots of sake, here is our round up of Japan Winter Festivals ranging from the quirky to the strange.
For most of us, a chilly January morning conjures up images of snuggling under blankets in flannel pajamas, sipping hot chocolate by a cozy fire, or schussing down the slopes in snug Gore-Tex jumpsuits and puffy goose-down parkas. For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though men and. Thank you for signing up.
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