JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Inazawa 稲沢市
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.476 views
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A group of men carry a red and white pole in front of Inazawa Station, on their way to Konomiya Shrine.466 views
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Gaijin girls had an easy time attracting men who happily tried to converse in English and bestow cloth strips.408 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station342 views
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It was a pretty cold day, and these men were drinking all afternoon.331 views
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Konomiya Shrine holds the Hadaka (Naked or Nude) Festival in early March, or Jan. 13 of the lunar calendar. Men in loincloths parade around the streets until they reach the shrine.322 viewsA Sacred Man (Shin-otoko) also appears in the shrine and the men try to touch him before he slips into the shrine's window. The festival's real name is Naoi-shinji 儺追神事 which is a rite to dispel bad luck. Photo: Nearest station is JR Inazawa Station on the Tokaido Line. 稲沢駅
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Sometimes a man from the window jumps into the crowd to grab and take in the Sacred Man.309 views
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They zig-zag along the street, and they are filled with sake.306 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko 神男:加藤 典彦299 views
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Gaijin talking to gaijin. Sounded Australian. English teacher at junior high.281 views
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Maybe this is the Sacred Man being pulled into the window.279 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko, from Ichinomiya 神男:加藤 典彦274 views
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They get pretty crazy, getting more water.243 views
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Cloth strips (100 yen each) to ward off bad luck 厄除けの ”なおいぎれ” 初穂料 1本 100円241 views
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Every once in a while, they raise their pole.237 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station231 views
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The Sacred Man struggles to reach the small window.230 views
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On the straight road from Inazawa Station to Konomiya Shrine.221 views
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Numerous groups of near-naked men (no women) proceed to the shrine all afternoon.221 views
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Closeup of giant mochi. Solid as a rock.218 views
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When the Sacred Man enters the window, everyone cheers.214 views
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Some of the men tear off strips from their handband and give them to bystanders.211 views
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Tree surrounded with cloth strips called Naoi-gire211 views
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Giant kagami mochi, rice cake in the Haiden Hall. Over 2 meters tall and over 2 meters diameter. Weighs 4 tons. They are to be cut into small pieces (with a chain saw) and given away the next morning.205 views
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The men in the window give directions to the Sacred Man.197 views
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The festival is over.194 views
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Konomiya Shrine torii and the long path to the shrine is lined with a large crowd.193 views
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All the men want to touch the Sacred Man, believing that it will dispel bad luck.191 views
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This is the small window the Sacred Man has to enter. It has a sprinkler system.187 views
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The inner path to the shrine gets more crowded.186 views
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Zig-zag to the shrine185 views
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The window where the Sacred Man entered.181 views
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All the men look in the direction of the Sacred Man.178 views
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They are waiting for the Sacred Man.175 views
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Giant mochi inside the Haiden hall. 大鏡餅奉納175 views
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Haiden Hall where the men offer their long poles. 拝殿174 views
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More giant mochi offered to the shrine. Notice the forklift. 大鏡餅奉納170 views
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The men are shouting "Kami-o Kami-o" (another way of pronouncing the kanji for Kami-otoko). 神男168 views
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Men with buckets come for a refill.165 views
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All the men look in the direction of the Sacred Man, but few can actually see him or touch him for good luck.161 views
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Another torii155 views
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After passing through this gate, the men enter the shrine grounds. Romon Gate 楼門150 views
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Inside the shrine hall.146 views
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Romon Gate 楼門143 views
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Men start to pour into the shrine.141 views
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Banzai cheers when an extra-large pole was brought to the shrine.139 views
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Now they start to splash cold water on the men, and some of the spectators.138 views
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Now empty, this path will soon be filled with thousands of men in loincloths.131 views
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Haiden Hall 拝殿131 views
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Water supply129 views
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Splashing water128 views
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Stacking up the poles.127 views
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