#026 Naked Man Festival

Yes. You read that right.

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It happens every year on literally the coldest day of Februrary in Saidaiji, Okayama.

Thousands of men wear only white ‘fundoshi’ and fight each other for a blessed stick.

Yes. You read that right.

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They march through the streets shouting ‘wasshoi’ and not drinking (because that’s prohibited… but I don’t think that stops them before they hit the streets).

They march through some water then wait at the entrance to the shrine.

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Once the sticks are thrown all hell breaks loose.

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The guy who gets the blessed stick has to try to leave the shrine gates with it. If he does he’s blessed with good fertility (maybe) and money (definitely).

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