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Ohara Hadaka (Naked) Festival


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Ohara Hadaka (Naked) Festival

Ohara Hadaka (Naked) Festival

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As they have done for generations, thousands of naked and nearly naked Japanese men in Ohara rushed into the sea carrying Shinto shrines for the "Shio-fumi" ritual. The stunning display of masculine strength -- otherwise known as "Ohara Hadaka Matsuri" -- is witnessed by huge crowds. According to legend, the festival brings participants good luck and prosperity.

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