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Nude Festival - Japanese men strip off in the name of tradition

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Published on Oct 10, 2007

Improved quality version now uploaded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io_WDU...

February 2006
For most of the year, Kounoniya is a peaceful place. But in winter, religious ritual joins with drunken delirium to create one of Japan's most extraordinary sights -- the Nude Festival.

In temperatures close to zero, a designated 'Spirit Man' is stripped and beaten by the crowd. The ritual, which dates back over a thousand years, is meant to absorb the city's punishment and brings good luck. As one participant admits: "It's more important than my wife."

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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