16 Astounding Facts About Japan That Prove a Parallel Universe Does Exist

7. Thousands of naked and semi-naked men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri festival.

16 Astounding Facts About Japan That Prove a Parallel Universe Does Exist

The Hadaka Matsuri is an annual festival with over 9,000 male participants. Men wear a minimum of clothing: just a traditional Japanese loincloth, the fundoshi. They can also wear a kimono or be completely naked in some cases.

The festival has deep religious roots. It’s believed that men’s nudity absorbs evil forces and misfortune. After swimming in ice-cold water men try to catch charms made of willow branches as a Shinto priest throws them into the crowd. It is believed that they bring luck. The festival rarely goes by without broken noses or bruised body parts.

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