A Japanese man wears a loincloth to attend the annual Naked Man Festival or 'Hadaka Matsuri' in Okayama, western Japan. All pics/AFP
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.
Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter
The most famous festival is the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri held at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where the festival originated.
Worshippers are purified in a fountain
Every year, over 9,000 men participate in this festival in hopes of gaining luck for the entire year.
Naked Man festival
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