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Naoi Shinji (Hadaka Matsuri)

1-1-1 Konomiya | Owari Okunitama Shrine, Inazawa 492-8137, Aichi Prefecture
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Famous for its Hadaka Matsuri festival

Hadaka Matsuri, which is literally a “Naked Festival” in English, is held only once in a year on a... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2016
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Ichinomiya, Japan
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Konomiya's Hadaka Matsuri is based on a traditional Shinto ritual, Owari Okunitama Shrine's Naoi Shinji, or "Dispelling of Misfortune Ritual." Held on January 13 on Japan's old lunar calendar, the festival sees thousands of men-particularly those at the critical ages of 42 and 25-descend upon the shrine clad only in bleached loincloths, or simply white tabi socks and nothing else. From among these crowds emerge holy men in white kimonos, and the struggle among the festivalgoers to be touched by the holy men and supposedly be spiritually cleansed can get quite fierce. The buckets of water carried by the men can give off steam from all the surrounding body heat, making for a stirring-yet quite feverish-sight.
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“Famous for its Hadaka Matsuri festival”
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1-1-1 Konomiya | Owari Okunitama Shrine, Inazawa 492-8137, Aichi Prefecture
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Hadaka Matsuri, which is literally a “Naked Festival” in English, is held only once in a year on a particular day of February at Owarinokunitama Shrine (known as Konomiya Shrine).

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