Hadaka Matsuri 
A Hadaka Matsuri is a type of Japanese festival, or matsuri, in which participants wear a minimum amount of clothing; usually just a Japanese loincloth, sometimes with a short happi coat, and rarely completely naked.
Its significance celebrates the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility.
Before the festival prayers are offered in freezing cold holy water to purify their sins.
The naked men march through the streets chanting and shouting getting ready for the festival.
A team of friends get changed and ready themselves before the event.
As people march through the streets, cold water is thrown and sometimes spat  symbolizing the purification of the sins.
After they have marched the streets they enter the temple and everyone who is taking part must wash themselves in the freezing cold water. It is February, middle of winter at night.
The men start to gather as the monk makes a speech.
The light go out in the temple and a big strobe flashes violently. The monk throws the holy sticks into the crowd.
The event begins, holy sticks are thrown into the crowd of 10,000 men, someone must catch a stick and fight his way out of the temple.
Teams wear colored tape around their wrist so it’s easier to see each other in the chaos.
After the event, people relax and  get warm in their makeshift tents.
Two friends failed to get the holy stick this year.
The event ends and people head home.
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