05 April 2020,   13:49
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Thousands take part in Japan’s "Naked Festival"

Ten thousand men stripped off to take part in “Hadaka Matsuri”, an annual naked festival in Japan’s Honshu Island.
The loincloth-clad competitors gathered at the Saidaiji Temple in Okayama Prefecture for the event to celebrate prosperity and fertility. 
Their aim was to snatch one of two 20cm-long “shingi” wooden sticks thrown by a priest into the crowd. 
The sticks, thrown among 100 bundles of twigs, are meant to bring a year of good fortune to whoever is lucky enough to catch them. 

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