We have updated the top page slide shows. This time we feature a traditional festival in which naked men carry Mikoshi shrine into the cold winter ocean. This ceremony was conducted for celebrating the new adults who have just become 20 years old. We shot these photos on January 15th, 2012 at Enoshima in Fujisawa city, Kanagawa prefecture.
You can encounter this kind of naked men festivals at many places in Japan, and getting naked at a shrine's festival is a sacred way to approach God.
|Carrying Mikoshi into the sea, Enoshima|