With around 10,000 semi-naked men participating, this is one of the largest Hadaka Matsuri (lit. "naked festival") in Japan, attracting some 200,000 spectators each year. The flock of naked men rush to the hall of worship, energetically presenting an offering of naoi-sasa (なおい笹 / green bamboo tied with pieces of cloth [naoi-gire / なおい布] on which men and women unable to participate write their ages and wishes). The climax takes place around 17:00, when the bare-skinned men swarm on the one man designated the Shin-otoko (神男), in the belief that touching him will rid them of misfortune.
When: Thu. 6 Feb. (15:00 - 18:00)
Where: Kōnomiya Shrine (国府宮神社) in Inazawa City (稲沢市)
Access: A 3-min. walk from the north exit of Kōnomiya Sta. (国府宮駅, NH47), Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or a 15-min. walk from Inazawa Sta. (稲沢駅, CA71), JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線).
Website: http://www.konomiya.or.jp/hadakamatsuri (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Konomiya Shrine