Inazawa-City [Events Partially Cancelled - Shrine Rituals Held]
Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri
(Naked Festival of Owari Okunitama Shrine)
Date : 02/24/2021
Baring All at Konomiya Jinja Shrine's Naked Festival
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Naoi bamboo offering by naked men and jostle of naked men are cancelled in 2021.
*: Events such as the Naoi bamboo offering (only Naoi ribbons allowed) by clothed men and the giant kagami mochi offering on the previous day will be held.
Every freezing cold February, thousands of warmly dressed spectators line the avenue to the ancient shrine known as Konomiya Shrine, to watch thousands of naked men perform the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival. The battalions of men, their manhood barely concealed by light, white cotton loincloths, are splashed with cold water as they carry portable shrines, or try to touch the "Lucky Man" as he makes his way to the inner shrine. This is the 1,200 year old Naoi-Shinji, or Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), held at the Owari Okunitama Jinja Shrine in Aichi Prefectures' city of Inazawa.