Japan: Traditional “nudist festival” that welcomed women for the first time in 1,250 years

Japan: Traditional “nudist festival” that welcomed women for the first time in 1,250 years

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Women participated in the festival for the first time in its 1,250-year history

  • author, Shaima Khalil
  • scroll, From BBC News in Tokyo

A sea of ​​cheers, with scantily clad men pushing each other, a real push and pull towards the sanctuary.

“Washwi! Washwi! (‘Come on! Come on!’),” they shout.

This scene has barely changed in the 1,250 years since the Hadaka Matsuri, or nudist festival, has been held at Konomiya Shrine in central Japan.

But this year the festival brought about a big change.

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