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Published on 06.01.2016
A Hadaka Matsuri, is a type of Japanese festival where participants (mainly the males), wear a minimum amount of clothing, which is usually a Japanese loincloth also known as the fundoshi, or sometimes a short happi coat or totally naked, celebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility.
This festival is celebrated throughout Japan on different dates depending on the prefecture.
Before the event itself, giant sized mochis are offered to the shrines, and wishes of the people are tied to this long bamboo pole, and those people who are touched by the naked man will be blessed with good luck.
During the festival, there is only 1 guy who is completely naked, and he is also known as the “Shin-Otoko” (the real man). He will spend three days of purification in the temple, eating plain rice, pickled daikon radish and hot water.
The naked male also play the role of a sacrifice, and absorbing the bad ills and luck of every men. On the day of the festival, the Shin-Otoko has to walk through 10,000 of men wearing the fundoshi and get to the entrance of the shrine.
Also, during the festival, as every men would want to pass their bad luck and ill to the Shin-Otoko, the situation could get very rough, hence there are 3 men, who is said to be his guardians or protectors, would protect him from getting hurt.
So, if you’re interested in attending the Naked festival, the most prominent one would be in Aichi prefecture that is usually held around the lunar new year period.