About 10,000 men have gathered together in Japan to celebrate the annual naked festival, “Hadaka Matsuri“.
Hadaka Matsuri is a wild festival held every year on the third Saturday of February; specificslly at the Saidaiji Kannonin Temple, Japan. A Hadaka Matsuri is a type of Japanese festival, or matsuri, in which participants wear a minimum amount of clothing; usually, just a Japanese loincloth, sometimes with a short happi coat, and rarely completely naked.
Indeed, the 10,000 male participants can be seen wearing a little loincloth called a “fundoshi”; and a pair of white socks called “tabi”. Equally important, the festival held on Saturday Japanese time.
Further, the event is organized to celebrate the blessings of harvest, prosperity and fertility. In fact, it is usually practised by young men.
In the event, the men spend an hour or two running around the temple grounds and purify themselves with freezing cold water.
After doing this, they gather themselves into the main temple building.
At exactly 10 p.m., the lights goes off and a priest throws 100 bundles of twigs and two lucky 20-centimetre-long shingi sticks into the crowd from a window four meters above.
According to legend, any of the 10,000 men who get hold of one of the bundles and/or the two sticks are guaranteed a year of good fortune.
As a matter of fact, naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter.