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Cool Japan / And when the wraps come off -- correspondent fleshes out truth about 'naked' festival

Stripping until you're almost in the buff is one thing, but when thousands of young men do it in front of a temple perhaps it's time to sit up and take notice. That's right: 9,000 men clad in nothing more than loincloths and tabi footwear on a dark and cold winter's night.
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(Men dressed only in loincloths reach out in hopes of catching shingi, or lucky pieces of wood,
at the Eyo, or naked festival night at Saidaiji temple in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture in 2011)
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(Left: Women purify themselves in prayer that the Eyo ritual will be conducted safely.
Right:These three were among the lucky men who managed to wrest the shingi and
win the title of fuku-otoko, or lucky man, for 2011.)

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(Left:Girls release dolls in the Sendaigawa river in Tottori, in a ritual known as Nagashi-bina.
Right:A young girl holds a woven float to be released in Nagashi-bina.)

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(Women dressed in traditional garb plant rice in the Mibu no Hanadaue festival in 2011.
The ritual has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.)

By TS on Feb 24, 2012
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