Mid
Feb
 2021

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Festival

Free

As you may have ascertained from the accompanying image, this is another one of Japan’s renowned “naked” festivals. Before you get carried away, it would be better described as almost naked as the male-only participants protect their modesty with a handily placed white loin cloth.

Japan has rankings for everything. And so, this festival with a 500 year history is rated as one of the top 3 eccentric festivals in Japan. Given the competition, you can be assured that this festival won’t disappoint in the eccentricity stakes.

The festival sees the 9,000 participants in a rough and tumble game to catch 2 lucky sticks called shingi as well as 100 bundles of willow strips, which are tossed into the crowd by priests from an elevated window.

Before the tussles to get hold of one of the sticks, the participants work themselves into a frenzy in the streets around the shrine on their way to the event.

Although the main event is for adults, the kids (well boys) get a chance to join in the fun with another Hadaka Matsuri exclusively for primary school aged boys which begins at 6pm.

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