Hadaka Matsuri: Get A Shingi

Around 9,000 semi-naked men gathered at the Saidaiji Temple in the city of Okayama to participate in the annual Hadaka Matsuri, also known as Naked Festival, on Saturday.temple.PNG

Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter. The participants dressed only in loincloth compete for honorable title of ‘lucky man’. According to the local tradition, the winner gets a year of health, wealth and prosperity. But the men have to struggle fiercely for the lucky year: at first purify themselves in freezing water, then manage to get hold a pair of lucky sticks, known as shingi, preventing others from snatching them away.

What the women do to get a year of health, wealth and prosperity? Try to get a hold of a lucky men, perhaps?

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