The Hadaka Matsuri! Let’s get naked! – Week 10

The Hadaka Matsuri is a Japanese festival in which participants wear only a Japanese loincloth (fundoshi), sometimes with a short coat and rarely fully naked.

The Hadaka Matsuri dates back 500years when worshipers battled for paper talismans called Go-o thrown by the priest. As those who had the talisman had good things happening in their life, the popularity of the Go-o has increased. However, as paper was easily torn, the talismans were changed to the wooden ofuda that we know today.

If you wish to know more about The Hadaka Matsuri festival, please follow the link Hadaka Matsuri

The story linked to the blog article Hadaka Matsuri – Naked Festival begins with the author asking how you would feel to participate in a festival almost naked during one of the coldest days in Japan. She also mentions that participants keep themselves warm by drinking sake to please the goods and purify their body, jump up and down and sing “Washoi” non-stop for hours at a time.

The author describes how the event starts; after several groups of man run around few blocks until steam begins to come out of their bodies, which means they are warm enough to proceed, the group leader throws them cold water in order to purify them even more.

Furthermore the author explains that at exactly midnight, these groups meet at a main holy place for the highlight of the event. Two pieces of wood called shingi are thrown from the inside of the temple and the person who catches it will have a fortunate year.

The author ends the article giving a language tip; Hadaka ni narimashou! Let’s get naked!

I found this article very engaging. The method used by the author to describe the festival is very fun, which makes the article easy and interesting to read.

At the beginning of the article there are different links which guides its readers to other world festivals’ web pages.

At the bottom of the article there is a section containing extra information regarding dates, location and further information related to the festival. Furthermore in this section there is a link which guides readers to a guidebook store in order to motivate them to purchase the book from which the article’s information was extracted from.

Another feature of the article is its linkage with other websites such as Tweeter, Google and Facebook.

The only negative opinion I have in relation to the article is the lack of pictures, which would help to make it even more engaging, but in overall I particularly enjoyed it.

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3 responses to “The Hadaka Matsuri! Let’s get naked! – Week 10”

  1. Adam Wise says :

    I really like the titles you give your blog entries – they draw attention and make people click on them. It’s better than just going “Week Seven” for the title like I do. I might take a leaf out of your book and make an interesting title for my next blog entry.

    Anyway, I’ve never heard of this festival. It’s really interesting to know the different festivals different cultures celebrate and the dense history behind them.

    I definitely think the news article you analysed could do with some pictures but maybe they don’t have them because they are explicit? Haha.

  2. kate bonsack says :

    I really like how you have found all these festivals from around the world because it has opened my eyes to what is out there. I read your blogs with interest because they helped me learn more about cultures around the word. Thank you.

  3. Glamorous says :

    I’m really interested in Japanese culture which is very diverse in terms of festivals. They have hundreds of festivals in a year and some are very unique, just like the festival you choose to feature. 😀 From the picture, I guess all the attendees (I mean dancers) are male right? I guess female cannot be topless like that anyway 😀

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