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‘Naked Festival’ where men battle each other for ‘holy stick’ goes ahead in Japan despite Covid fears

News, World NewsJAPAN’S “Naked Festival” where thousands of men strip down to battle for a “holy stick” has gone ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Hadaka Matsuri, which takes place at the Sadaiji Kannonin temple on Honshu island, has been described as a “writhing ball of flesh”.  On the third Saturday of every February, volunteers wearing “fundoshi”