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Uchikuroda Naked Festival: Why naked festivals are famous around Japan?

Masae

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Explore on the heart icon to add this festival to your list of favourites and create your own personal guide. The festival is a Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival), which is a typical Japanese festival and this kind of naked festivals held all over Japan. Why naked festivals are taking place around the country? Here are some reasons and I give you one of the festivals in Chiba Prefecture to the east of Tokyo, for the next stop.

Matsuri Breakdown:

The festival is called ‘Uchikuroda Naked (Hadaka) Festival’(内黒田はだか参り), which is held at Uchikuroda Kumano Shrine(内黒田熊野神社) in Yotsukaido City, Chiba Prefecture. The city has been developed as a commuter town and easily access to Tokyo. Narita Airport is also nearby so that it is the convenient location for a short trip.

The building of the shrine has come down to us the very distant past in 1376. The festival refers to a traditional Shinto ritual where the shrine parishioners pray for huge harvest and good health. Anyway, why naked?
The participants wear a minimum amount of clothing, just a Japanese loincloth, sometimes with a short pants, and rarely completely naked. Whatever the clothing, it is considered to above vulgar or undergarments, and the level of holy Japanese shrine attire. Being naked as the same as a birthday suit is said that it is the cleanest way to devote one’s wish for the god.

The festival is based on a mountain worship, Shintoism and Onmyodo (way of Yin and Yang based on the Taoist theory of the five elements), which date back to the Edo period is still lively today. You don’t need to register in advance if you want to participate in the festival. Be sure to visit the day of the festival earlier to the shrine. Let’s have a closer look at what is going on at the festival!

Things To Do and See:

The festival has been designated as an intangible folk cultural asset in the city. It is an important event in which one’s fortune for the year’s rich or poor harvest. Many people come to watch over the result through the festival.

Firstly, a member of parishioners purifies their body by splashing water on each other, and they go to and return from between a Torii (a gateway at the entrance to the shrine) and a Haiden (a worship hall) 7 times. Holding a bundled straw being put in water by their hands, they throw them into the Haiden 3 times. The representatives of the shrine tell this years’ fortune judging from the scattered straw’s directions and figures. Besides the Torii, there is a blazing fire. It is said that people have warm from the fire, it means that they can keep safety and perfect health for all year around. After a break eating local dishes, they repeat walking 5 times between the Torii and the Haiden, and then go around the Haiden 3 times. Finally, the festival come to the end tossing the representatives into the air.
You might feel how unique it is! Even Japanese think so! Therefore, tourists arrange the schedule to watch the festival.

Details and Access:

The festival starts from around 4:00 PM on March 15th. It will be on even if it rains. From March to May is spring season in Japan. Spring is the best time to visit Japan, with mild weather and trees blossoming. Although it is getting warmer in daytime, warm clothes is advisable for chilly evenings. When you take part in the festival, you need to make up your mind and brace yourself for the cold temperature because of being naked. The location is close to Tokyo so that you can enjoy celebrating the dinner at night with something to make you warm!

How to get to Yotsukaido:

From Tokyo to Yotsukaido by the Sobu Line
Get off at JR Yotsukaido Station(JR四街道駅) or JR Monoi Station(JR物井駅), ride in a bus’ Chiba Nairiku Bus(千葉内陸バス) bound for bird hill Ikebana(バードヒル池花)’ and get off at ’Uchikuroda shita(内黒田下)’ and then walk about 10 minutes to the Shrine.

Other Things To Do In Yotsukaido:

After checking out the festival, there are a lot of things to do and places to go to in Yotsukaido! The riches of nature still abound in the city in despite of close to the city. It is reported to promote agriculture such as fresh vegetables. And, it is said that the area has a lot of beautiful scenery as well as historical events and classic places. It is the worth visiting places around the city. A few recommendations are:

Fukushoji-Temple:Shidare cherry call in Japanese (福星寺のしだれ桜)

Shidare cherry is characterized by its long dropping branches of cherry tree as named suggested. This tree is located within the Fukusyoji Temple and about 380 years old ancient tree has a truck circumference of 3.3 meters and height of 14 meters. It is the best season from the middle to the end of March.

Warabi Hadaka Matsuri(Naked Festival) call in Japanese(和良比はだか祭)

Another Naked festival is here in the same city. This is the traditional event for the local shrine ,‘Warabi Mimusubi Shrine’(和良比皇産霊神社), and a wildly known as a mud festival. Originally, people pray for the harvest

If you are interested in more festivals in Japan please check this below.

For those interested in Matsuri…

You probably guess that this  festival is one of many nude festivals in Japan. As nude festivals are important traditional and cultural feature in Japan almost every area can boast their own unique nude festival.

If you are curious about strange and nude festivals around Japan, the following article picked 10 best festivals for you to visit!

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Discover Chiba Prefecture!

Chiba Prefecture is a great place to visit and can boast plenty of tourist attractions. Besides, it is very close to Tokyo, and you can easily visit it within a day. However, would you like to see rural Japan? Chiba Prefecture gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of hot springs and admire authentic traditional Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Chiba Prefecture, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

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An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Tokyo Stay!

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look!

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Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

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Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

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Don`t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

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Masae

Hi,I'm Masae. I love traveling around the world and the country to see a lot of things and meet a lot of people. I want to share the experiences with you. I’m sure these will be tips for your next destinations!

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