‘Naked men’ festival in Japan succumbs to population ageing

Ōshū (AFP) – Hundreds of naked men tussle over a bag of wooden talismans, performing a dramatic end to a thousand-year-old ritual in Japan that took place for the last time. The “Sominsai” festival, regarded as one of the strangest festivals in Japan, is impacted by the country’s ageing population crisis that has hit rural communities hard.


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