Photos: The annual Naked Man Festival in Japan

Updated: Mar 01, 2017, 16:00
  • Photos: The annual Naked Man Festival in Japan
    A Japanese man wears a loincloth to attend the annual Naked Man Festival or 'Hadaka Matsuri' in Okayama, western Japan. All pics/AFP
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    With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival.
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    Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter
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    The most famous festival is the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri held at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where the festival originated.
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    Worshippers are purified in a fountain
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    Every year, over 9,000 men participate in this festival in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year.
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    Japanese boys watch another group of boys fighting to catch sacred batons thrown by priests during the boys' event.
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Hadaka Matsuri - or the Naked Man Festival takes place every year at the Saidaiji Kannon-in temple in Okayama City in western Japan. View photos of 2017

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