Dirt is good for you – at the hadaka matsuri

Feb. 25

Hadaka Matsuri
Hadaka Matsuri (literally, naked festival) at Mimusubi Shrine, Yotsukaido, Chiba Pref., from around 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Local young men in loincloths hold infants in their arms, step into the sacred muddy rice paddy and put a pinch of mud on the infants’ faces. It is believed to protect the babies from harm. Then the young men play cavalry in the muddy rice paddy in prayer for a good harvest this year.
Festival website
Access: The JR Sobu Line to Yotsukaido Station (South Exit), and then walk 15 minutes.

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