On one of the winter’s coldest nights in Japan, you will find 10,000 screaming men running the streets around Okayama’s Saidaiji Temple naked except for a thin loin cloth. It’s one of the most unusual sights you can see in Japan — and it’s also an festival you can take part in — which is my experience recorded in this episode. But I wanted to get a little deeper into the meaning of this festival so get ready for the complete story. For over 500 years, Japan’s third oldest festival is one of its most unique. 9000 mostly naked men celebrate in the cold for religious and traditional reasons and John is there to report as a participant. We will look around the city of Okayama, it’s castle, Korakuen, and go to Saidaiji temple to preview the fest. In the evening, John gets ready with a group at a local company. Learn the insides of this amazing festival from from you need to enter, things to buy and the deep religious and spiritual meaning. The Naked Man Festival or “Hadaka Matsuri” in Japanese is held on the third Saturday in February. You don’t need to sign up in advance, but it helps if you go early and make friends. Just go and find a tent that will host you. The fee is about 3000 yen and you get access to the tent, the fundoshi (Japanese thong) and equipment, place to store your things and stay warm before and after.

★ Subtitles / CC Producers A big thank you for your help in making this episode more accessible to others around the world!
SPANISH subtitles provided by: Ricardo J. Alvelo Guerrero
Crew: Cameraman: Kevin Riley This video was produced with the cooperation of Saidaiji Temple, the city of Okayama and Asahi Electric Company THANK YOU!!
Other resources / links: Japan National Tourist Organization: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/sp…
Saidaiji Templke website: http://www.saidaiji.jp/website/access (Japanese Only)
Google Map to Saidaiji: https://goo.gl/maps/XWm1CnmrRNo Address: (Japanese) 〒704-8116 岡山市東区西大寺中3-8-8 (English) 3 Chome-8-8 Saidaijinaka, Higashi Ward, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture 704-8116 JAPAN

This program has been produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ
John has been a regular reporter for NHK World highlighting attractions in Tokyo since 2008.

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