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Extreme Omatsuris
#1
Nude festival.
Came across this and it gave me an idea for a new thread.

Over the years, I've seen a few insane Japanese matsuris on the telly, like the one where they set fire to each other. Or how about the one where they ride on tree trunks down a hill etc etc. (when I say "they", it's invariably semi-naked men, usually drunk [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

Have you ever been to one of these INSANE matsuris? (I'm not talking about your regular local matsuri, I mean dangerous, like several people die each year, but they carry on anyway-type matsuris. Or those insane ones where they have HUGE kites, or HUGE lanterns, or HUGE wooden penises (yes, I'm serious).

It would be cool to arrange a Halvsie trip to one of these matsuris. I'm sure Akkerbyg (Eddie) would love to go to one of the latter type [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/giggle2.gif[/img]

Anyway, this video I posted, Bizarre but entertaining [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
Interesting what they say about hierarchy.
"freezing their buts off and loving every minute of it!" [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rofl.gif[/img]
haha, "yaritai" obaachan [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laughlong.gif[/img]

<!--quoteo-->QUOTE<!--quotec-->For most of the year, Kounoniya is a peaceful place. But in winter, religious ritual joins with drunken delirium to create one of Japan's most extraordinary sights -- the Nude Festival.

In temperatures close to zero, a designated 'Spirit Man' is stripped and beaten by the crowd. The ritual, which dates back over a thousand years, is meant to absorb the city's punishment and brings good luck. As one participant admits: "It's more important than my wife." (more)<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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#2
Holy shit, another one!

Kenka matsuri
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#3
Isn't there a penis matsuri somewhere in Japan as well?
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#4
I'm pretty sure there is one. Girls have to mount these big wooden penises.

Maybe it was a dream [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]

There's definitely temples around Japan which have huge phallic effigies (I've seen one in Nara and there's also one in Uwajima/shikoku).
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#5
^
I imagine you're talking about the fertility festival, they have like penis candy and girls in penis hakama... I'm sure a quick google will bring something up.
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There ya go! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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But I'm sure there must be a picture of some girl's riding these things somewhere [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/hmm.gif[/img]
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#7
No, those are just pictures of people in Japan celebrating my birthday [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
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<!--quoteo(post=194178:date=Oct 12 2007, 12:50 PM:name=danielyuki)-->QUOTE(danielyuki @ Oct 12 2007, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->[Image: tagata_1_600.jpg]
There ya go! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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But I'm sure there must be a picture of some girl's riding these things somewhere [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/hmm.gif[/img]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

NO WAY!!!! is that for real?!!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]
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<!--quoteo(post=194207:date=Oct 13 2007, 01:12 PM:name=beebs)-->QUOTE(beebs @ Oct 13 2007, 01:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->NO WAY!!!! is that for real?!!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Yes real [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/yes2.gif[/img]

The Japanese, such a repressed race [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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And who said Halvsie wasn't educational? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/hearts.gif[/img]
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#11
Most Japanese don't know about the Penis festival though. It's better known in the gaijin community so the festival itself is like Roppongi in Kawasaki, from the pictures I've seen. Well, that's gotta be even more surreal I guess [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

I went to the Onbashira festival in Suwa, Nagano, where people ride huge logs being slid down a really steep hill (black diamonds for sure). People die in some years, though I'm not sure recently. It's difficult to find a decent video, but this one looks ok for showing the chaos and danger. I went in 1998 and couldn't get a decent viewing point (you know, Japanese festivals, especially ones only held every six years) even though we were on the side of the hill, and the log didn't slide down smoothly either, but it was an experience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuvXk-zq4uI
http://onbashira.jp/
http://web-japan.org/atlas/festivals/fes12.html
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#13
I must ask my mum whether she's ever seen this; she's from Nagano.... looks as dangerous as that English activity where men chase a big cheese down a steep hill... (it is a cheese isn't it?)
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<!--quoteo(post=194217:date=Oct 13 2007, 04:39 PM:name=danielyuki)-->QUOTE(danielyuki @ Oct 13 2007, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->Yes real [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/yes2.gif[/img]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

I can vouch for that. I haven't actually been to the festival but I visited Uwajima where the thing takes place a few weeks ago. Interesting museum they have there. The gift shop was full of little penises to hang off your keitai, and phallic zipper pulls.

Inside the museum (which was, essentially, just full of porn and oddly enough -- turtles [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img] ) they had lots of photos of the festival with naked women being paraded around WITH those large wooden phalluses.

Ah, Japan.

Where I'm living right now is famous for it's insane taiko matsuri. 150 men carry one float and go around the city for 12-14 hours with this massively heavy thing drinking sake in little tin cups conveniently hung around their necks. Then they ram them together. It's rather intense. Suppsosedly several people die every year. There's a fairly large yakuza presence in my town as well-- they have the black taiko float and are a rather seedy looking bunch.

They're pretty amazing floats however:[Image: 273036657_1af420c683.jpg]

I made a short mini video last year:
A Rugged, Virile Festival

Nothing compared to Uwajima's though, I'm sure.
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the penis festival is in Uwajima? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]

how could i have missed it when i lived in shikoku? how could i have lived there 4 years without someone ONCE asking if i wanted to go to the penis museum?!!
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#16
I have to add a reply to this because it's distracting. The juxtaposition of "beebs" just below the "O" in "Omatsuris" makes me read her name as "boobs" every time I glance over the top page of the forums.
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<!--quoteo(post=194283:date=Oct 14 2007, 06:41 PM:name=Rika)-->QUOTE(Rika @ Oct 14 2007, 06:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->I must ask my mum whether she's ever seen this; she's from Nagano.... looks as dangerous as that English activity where men chase a big cheese down a steep hill... (it is a cheese isn't it?)<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Yeah, but the cheese isn't going to roll over and crush the guys is it [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/crazy.gif[/img]
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<!--quoteo(post=194398:date=Oct 15 2007, 07:45 PM:name=danielyuki)-->QUOTE(danielyuki @ Oct 15 2007, 07:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->Yeah, but the cheese isn't going to roll over and crush the guys is it [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/crazy.gif[/img]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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#19
the best matsuris are in chiba. this is an another undisuputed fact. there is the aki matsuri in katsuura. its brilliant. for each big matsuri in the country side there are smaller branches of it. the local i mean super local matsuri in chiba there is the mikoshi but each year there are less and less people carrying the mikoshi due to the demographic change. i see it myself. the mikoshi just falling over. 50 years ago there were 100 carrying it today there are like 10.i feel like giving a helping hand but nahh im too old. they are carrying god around and showing god their neighbourhood aswell as getting its blessings. then they drink. its rather good.
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#20
the penis represents fertility so thats why they celebrate it. i got a present from south america, chile to be more exact once with a wooden doll with an erection. the erection i was told represents fertility.

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