The Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri festival takes place in Konomiya near Nagoya during the first lunar month. The festival, which has a 1200 year history, centers around a man called Shin Otoko or God Man. The Shin Otoko, selected in a special Shinto ceremony at Konomiya Shrine, will absorb the bad luck of every man who touches him on the main day of the festival. Though considered to be highly fortunate if chosen being the Shin Otoko is not without danger as he will be pushed, punched, grabbed and pinched and will be barely conscious at the end of the ordeal.

On the main day, thousands of men, dressed in fundoshi, the traditional Japanese loincloth, gather at the Shrine.

Late in the afternoon the Shin Otoko appears from an unknown location and all the thousands of men try to touch him. Ice cold water is constantly thrown on the center of the action and instantly turns into steam. Somewhere in the middle of it all is the Shin Otoko, guarded by strong former Shin Otokos. They try to make their way to the shrine, a short distance only but it will take more than an hour.

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The Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri festival in Konomiya near Nagoya during the first lunar month.

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2017-11-23T15:56:29+00:00