Ohara Hadaka Matsuri a.k.a. the Ohara Naked Festival took place in heavy rain on the 23rd of September.
To clarify “naked” is clearly not an accurate description with the participants wearing far more than the fundoshi loincloths seen at the Okayama Hadaka Matsuri.
As this is a traditional Shinto festival a priest gave blessings, and somewhat unusually two arrows were launched into the ocean.
Teams carried mikoshi (portable shrines) down to the ocean.
It was clear that the mikoshi were heavy and the teams looked exhausted as they shouldered the wooden beams.
After dunking themselves and the shrine in the ocean waves they returned to the beach, and managed to raise it above their heads.
All images shot with the Pentax 645Z and the 25mm lens. Glad both the camera and lens are weather sealed because they were subjected to rain for half an hour.