Men prepare to take part in the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan. Photo: Reuters
Men prepare to take part in the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan. Photo: Reuters

Fewer moons at Lunar New Year as coronavirus hits Japan’s Naked Man Festival

  • Japan’s Saidaiji Eyo festival to mark Lunar New Year dates back 1,000 years and features men in loincloths jostling for talismans flung from a temple
  • Up to 10,000 men typically take part, but this year only past winners will attend a symbolic ceremony. Still, there will be a cheeky photo competition

Men prepare to take part in the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan. Photo: Reuters
Men prepare to take part in the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan. Photo: Reuters
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