Hadaka Matsuri participants are strictly men. In Saidai-ji, the elementary school boys have a separate competition during the day, while the men compete at the stroke of midnight. Throughout the afternoon, groups of brave, loincloth-clad men race through the icy cold pool. This is the pre-game purification in order to prepare them for the competition ahead. The traditional garb for the Hadaka Matsuri is the white loincloth. It adds to the challenge, since the festival is held at the end of the year when the weather is getting colder.
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Subscriber Account active since. About 10, men came together for the annual "naked festival" at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, on the island of Honshu in Japan on February 15, according to Reuters. At the festival, a Shinto priest tossed the stick — called a "shingi" — into the air, and the men then fought to claim it. The naked festival is officially known as "Hadaka Matsuri.
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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.
There was no question as to whether I was going to visit a traditional Japanese onsen during my trip. Onsen is a natural hot spring bath, with steaming water — rich with minerals that are said to be beneficial for the body and mind — that originates from volcanoes. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered throughout. The water must contain at least one of the 19 designated chemical elements that naturally occur in hot spring water and at least 25C to officially be considered an onsen. There are different types of Japanese onsen that you can visit — mixed gender, single sex, private, communal, outdoor called rotenburo and indoor sento, an everyday kind of public bathhouse.