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Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

FEBRUARY 17, 2019 – Men in loincloths gather at a shrine during the Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival, in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The festival, which dates to […]

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Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan Shrine

Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan Shrine

(All photos by Richard Atrero de Guzman/Aflo) Men dressed as Namahage or mountain demons, dressed in straw clothes and masks perform a dance during the Namahage Sedo Festival at Shinzan […]

Traditional Japan

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

Big Doll Festival at Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura

(All photos by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) Approximately 1800 dolls decorate the 60 steps of Tomisaki Shrine in Katsuura, 50 miles southeast of Tokyo. The Pacific coastal fishing town in Chiba prefecture […]

Traditional Japan

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2015

Japanese New Year Ice Bath 2015

(Click on the image above to view the full gallery) Tokyo, Japan – Participants wear only short or loincloths before taking a “purification” dip ice cold water during the annual […]

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Japanese New Year Ice Bath

Japanese New Year Ice Bath

(Click on the image above to view the full gallery) Tokyo, Japan – Participants in a New Year ice bath scream in coldness as they bask in icy water at […]