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   Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 18 12:19 PM

2/18/2003: Naked festival

Japanese culture: I will never understand it.

What you're seeing is only a few of 9,000 men - yeah, all men - dressed only in skimpy white loincloths, trying to ward off bad luck by touching the body of the year's appointed "sacred man" as he enters Konomiya Shrine.

They crowd so fiercely that even though there is nothing but bodies and a few pieces of cloth, 2 men were badly injured in this year's event when they were crushed.

The ceremony is 1200 years old. No event so strange could last so long without some sort of deep religious/cultural significance. That's why I know I'm being terribly disrespectful when I say that two quarts of oil dumped into the middle might turn the whole thing into a gay orgy.

Oh dear, I'm very sorry I said it.

SteveDallas  Tuesday Feb 18 01:05 PM

Re: 2/18/2003: Naked festival

Originally posted by Undertoad
Oh dear, I'm very sorry I said it.
Oh, maybe the sysop will have a word with you about appropriate content!

I'd hate to be the sacred man... it seems like an awful lot of pressure. I mean, I wonder if any of the participants ever hunt down the sacred man to kick his butt if they end up having bad luck??

warch  Tuesday Feb 18 02:12 PM

it seems like an awful lot of pressure

wolf  Tuesday Feb 18 02:30 PM

I've read that frotteurism is very popular in Japan, although it's usually practiced on the public transit system.

And  Tuesday Feb 18 03:33 PM

Well, that's a little departure from all the naked peace lawn art, PETA protesters, and Spencer Tunick photos...

Elspode  Tuesday Feb 18 04:15 PM

From the looks on their faces, I'm guessing that this event has evolved into yet another reason for Japanese men to get smashed and vent their oppressed inner selves in one great huge purging.

warch  Tuesday Feb 18 04:40 PM

Therein lies the rub.

SteveDallas  Tuesday Feb 18 05:20 PM

Originally posted by warch

Therein lies the rub.
If a boss did it with an employee, would it be frotteurnization?

wolf  Tuesday Feb 18 07:55 PM

Originally posted by SteveDallas
If a boss did it with an employee, would it be frotteurnization?
With the right attorney, it would be one hell of a sexual harassment suit.

Thadius  Wednesday Feb 19 05:30 AM

it would be one hell of a sexual harassment suit.
I dont see a suit in sight though...!

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