Japan Celebrates Its 510th Year Of The ‘Naked Man’ Festival
Find a lucky stick? You bet your lucky stick they did!
Approximately 10,000 men dressed in traditional loincloths joined in a 510-year old tradition in Okayama, Japan of finding two sacred sticks, thought to bring luck to those who find it.
It’s part of Okayama’s Saidaiji Eyo festival, also known as ‘Haduka Matsuri’, or translated into English is aptly named ‘Naked Man Festival’ although perhaps it would be even more aptly named ‘Near-Naked Man Festival’.
It’s held on the third Saturday in February which is typically one of the coldest nights of the year, so I doubt those loincloths are doing much in the way of warmth.
To prepare, the men bathe in purified water before heading into the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple, which is pitch black when two 20-centimetre bamboo sticks called shingi are blessed by the chief priest and thrown from the second level of the temple into the near-naked masculine masses.
The finders of the sticks are said to have luck for the year, and you know what, with chances like that you would feel very lucky.