Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oohara Naked Festival

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
Wait, Naked Festival ?? Well, don't worry. The men weren't entirely naked. Every year in Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture, the Japanese people celebrates the Oohara Hadaka ( Naked ) Festival. The festival is celebrated by hundreds of nearly naked males and females to wish for the good luck and the prosperity of the year. It is by far the most interesting festival I've ever seen.


Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
The Oohara Hadaka Matsuri is one of the oldest and most famous festival. It managed to entice thousands of people to come to Oohara to watch the festival. In this festival, there are 18 mikoshi ( the portable shrine ). Each district forms a group and bring out their mikoshi from their local shrine to this place, and later they will carry the mikoshi into the sea. Each of this mikoshi represents local god. Only during this festival, the gods could gather together. The festival is celebrated each year on 23rd September.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
Yes, girls and women were also there. They weren't naked though. Sorry to disappoint. :)

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
The photographers were ready to capture the moment.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
One of them were too eager to take photos of the festival.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
At the start of the festival, all the teams were rushing to make a few laps around the place, shouting and chanting while hoisting the heavy mikoshi up and down. As if they were competing with other teams.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
There were hundreds ( or thousands ) of people participating in this festival.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
After that, they all went down, close to the beach, and be prepared to get wet.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
This ritual is called Shiofumi. They rushed to the sea with their mikoshi while fighting the strong waves.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
Sorry I couldn't take a better photos of Shiofumi. There were just too many people in front of me.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
I managed to shoot the dog in front of me though.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
At the end of the day, the mikoshi paraded through the town for about one hour. Later they would all gathered at one place and started to run in circles carrying the 18 mikoshi and lanterns for a while.

Oohara Hadaka Matsuri
And that was the end of the festival. It was so much fun. If you live in Japan, this is definitely one of the festival that you should not miss.

9 comments:

Michael Flux said...

Sigh, I'm so damn envious of how hairless the Japanese are!

dans said...

@Michael Flux: Lol. I know some Japanese who complain how hairless they are.

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terrandabo said...

Great photo. Love the expressions. No particular opinion about the hairlessness about these fellas ;-)

Thomas said...

Very interesting! Cool shots :)

dans said...

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, very impressive shots!

I was wondering what lens/lenses did you use for these shots as they turned out pretty sharp with nice depth. I couldn't find out by looking at the exif data on flickr..
;P

dans said...

Canon 50 mm f1.4. I usually removed the exif data from my photo to keep the file smaller.

Anonymous said...

What a interesting festival, there are sure a lot people in it.

Great shoots to capture the moment.

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