A festival claimed by some websites to have over 1, years of history; never-the-less a true diamond for those looking for a unique traditional Japanese festival experience and lovers of snowy places. As an ex-participant of this festival, I must say that for tourists this particular celebration has a charm given that, regardless of nationality, visitors are warmly encouraged to take part in the festivities. One thing to note is that women are restricted from taking part in this festival and can only be spectators.
Winter sees some of Japan's most eccentric festivals, and Okayama's Naked Festival is probably the most famous. One night in mid winter, hundreds of men dressed only in a loincloth gather at the local temple and fight to catch one of several lucky sticks thrown by the temple priests. This amazing spectacle of course has historical roots, and is thought to have started when those who had collected charms from the temple had a run of good luck, and word quickly spread, hugely increasing the number of visitors keen for some of the good fortune to rub off on them.
I knew that anything was possible, but I never would have predicted the lesson I was about to receive. On the second day of my visit, I was sitting on the stone hearth of a warm fireplace, connecting with some very fascinating men and women, when I heard my name called from the other room. He remained in the doorway as the freezing winter air rushed into the cozy house.
Nothing new about being told off, as even liberal Berlin, to which I recently moved, is full of baffling rules. For the Germans, this is as normal as a trip to the supermarket. As in Scandinavia, saunas are revered here for their relaxing effects, circulatory benefits and power to make you sweat a pint in 10 minutes.
Amongst its many highlights are two light tunnels that run to over metres and change colour over time, a metre-long river of lights, and intricate animated light shows that depict various natural scenes, from Mount Fuji to waterfalls. The Nabana no Sato Winter Light Festival runs over several months and attracts every year thousands of local and international visitors keen to enjoy the flowers sweet flagrance while strolling through the cold winter air. It is believed that for those who come close to the fire, the grace of the deities will also cleanse the mind and body, keeping believers and their family safe and in good health in the coming year.
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The annual pilgrimage to Newgrange for the winter solstice took a strange twist this morning when a man scaled the structure naked. A video of the bizarre event as emerged online and it shows the man climbing up the stone mound and striking a pose when reaching the top. Every year hundreds of people gather at the historic landmark in Co Meath for the winter solstice in the hope of seeing the rising sun light the inner chambers of the 5, year old monument.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. A man described as mentally ill stripped off his clothes and ran into St. Patrick's Cathedral last night, where he fatally bludgeoned a year-old usher and seriously injured a police officer before he was shot and killed by another police officer, police officials said.