Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — This time a year ago, thousands gathered for Japan's annual Hadaka Matsuri -- also popularly known as the "Naked Festival"-- in Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island. In today's climate of social distancing, the video highlights from last year's event see above are a surreal reminder of how much has changed since then. And this year was no exception. But the Covid pandemic has cast its long shadow over proceedings, forcing organizers to pare things down significantly. A battle between 10, men.
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Facebook Twitter Email. The event, called "Hadaka Matsuri" in Japanese, is a wild and raucous festival held every year on the third Saturday of February at the Saidaiji Kannonin Temple, about a minute train ride from Okayama city. But the 10, or so male participants aren't as naked as the festival's name suggests. They sport a minimal amount of clothing; usually a Japanese loincloth called a "fundoshi" and a pair of white socks called "tabi. The festival, which celebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest, prosperity and fertility, starts at around p. In the evening, the men spend an hour or two running around the temple grounds in preparation and purify themselves with freezing cold water, before cramming themselves into the main temple building.
Naked Festival: Thousands gather for Japan's annual 'Hadaka Matsuri'
The Hadaka Matsuri , or Naked Festival, was made famous by the massive midnight celebration in Saidai-ji, the largest in Japan. Their Hadaka Matsuri features nearly 10, men and boys in loincloth grappling over the pair of sacred sticks. A bid to win good luck for the following year, the festival also attracts droves of spectators.
The most famous Hadaka Matsuri, or naked festival, is the one held in Okayama in February. Essentially, it's a game consisting of men wearing fundoshi loincloths competing in mass to get a hold of a pair of sacred sticks. Home Search posts Sign up Log in. Feb 16, Sat.