Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri at Konomiya Shrine
February 9, 2017

Once again it is time for the sheer unadulterated lunacy that is Konomiya’s Hadaka Matsuri (literally naked festival).Every year a “shin-otoko” is chosen to receive the bad luck of men wearing a traditional fundoshi (loincloth) . The climax of the festival is around 3pm, when the shin-otoko is presented to the crowd – a great mob of mostly drunken men, carrying buckets of icy water and looking to purge their sins. Then, at the climax of the festival, the shin-otoko jumps into the middle of the crowd, and the men frantically scramble to touch him. The more touches, the more bad luck is transferred to the shin-otoko, and the harder it is for him to escape.

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