“Hadaka Matsuri” can be translated into English as Naked Festival, is one of the forms of traditional festivals in Japan.
Men in a loincloth compete for robbing an object enshrined called ” Go Shintai”, a body of “Kami”( God in Shinto ) such as a ball or a wooden stick for examples either for purification or fortune-telling.
Tamatori-sai Festival at Itsukushima Shrine is one of those Hadaka matsuris for fortune-telling.
Men in teams jump to grab ” Go Shintai”, the treasure ball, which is hanging above the sea and drop it. The battle continues and whoever brings the ball to the goal, which is a banner called ‘Chushinsho’, is said to have good fortune in the future.
This festival was passed down from the Sengoku period “Age of Warring States” from 1467 to 1603 and it used to be called the Einen Festival.
Late August ( On July 14th, by the old lunar calendar )
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture