Feb 192013
 
Naked festival in Okayama - Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri

“Naked festival” in Okayama started over 500 years ago. At midnight an amulet was dropped from one of the temple buildings and the person who snatched it would have a prosperous year.

Interestingly at first the festival had nothing to do with nudity. Some old drawings show pilgrims fighting for the amulet fully dressed. Only after competition became more fierce, they started to take clothes off not to damage them.