is an intriguing festival that takes place in February every year in 岡山 (おかやま - Okayama), two hours out of Hyogo by local trains or half an hour by 新幹線 (しんかんせん - shinkansen - bullet train). Thousands of men flock to 西大寺 (さいだいじ - Saidaiji - Saidai Temple, a Buddhist one if you remember that post!) for a chance at a cash prize and the promise of health and luck for the rest of the year. Fortunately, the "naked" isn't taken literally - they all wear 褌 (ふんどし - fundoshi - loincloths) and 足袋 (たび - tabi - Japanese split-toe socks). Even so, it makes for a very strange sight... particularly when you remember it's the dead of winter.......
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