Thousands of near-naked Japanese men grapple to find 'lucky sticks' in ancient Saidaji-eyo festival
| Harry Howard For Mailonline
2/18/2019 6:37 PM EST
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Thousands of almost-naked men looking for luck grappled in freezing temperatures to find two sacred sticks at an ancient Japanese festival.
Around 10,000 men donned white loincloths and headbands to try to find the two 20cm-long 'lucky' sticks, known as 'shingi', with the two winners crowned the luckiest men of the year.
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The men-only display was part of the 510-year-old Saidaji-eyo festival held at the Kinryozan Saidaji Buddist temple in Okayama, western Japan, on Saturday.
After purifying themselves in the cold water...
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