Hadaka ni narimashou! (Let’s get naked!)
When: 16th February 2013.
Where: Inazawa City, Aichi, Japan.
During Kounomiya Hadaka Matsuri thousands of barely clothed men line the streets of Inazawa City, Aichi, Japan, in the hope of touching a completely shaved and totally naked man (or Shin-otokoa) as he passes through the city streets on his way to the Kounomiya Shrine. Shinto tradition believes that the Shin-otokoa absorbs all bad luck and evil deeds from the men who touch him.
Only the men dressed in loincloths (fundoshi) and sandals (tabi) are allowed to touch the Shin-otokoa, and special bodyguards line the route to splash freezing water over them. Once the Shin-otokoa has endured being grabbed, tousled and mauled, he is then dressed and shooed out of town to rid the town of all evil.
Hadaka Matsuri (Naked festivals) are held all over Japan throughout the year.
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