Video fom Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival 2012, which opened on February 6th. Some of the sculptures are not of the highest quality to be frank, but looks like a cool winter event overall. Video by Ozzy78, music by Apefail…
The annual Saidai-ji Eyo hadaka matsuri (裸祭り, nudity festival), a ritual said to have originated in the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), was held Saturday night at the Saidai-ji Kannon-in temple in Okayama’s Higashi Ward.
Thousands of men dressed in traditional loincloth packed into the temple grounds and grappled for a pair of shingi (sacred pieces of wood), each measuring about 20cm long, and tossed from the window of the temple’s main altar.
According to local belief, those who manage to get their hands on the wooden amulet and race out of the temple’s precincts will be blessed with good fortune for the rest of the year. Info and video via Asahi.
I’ll rather have bad luck instead of facing the armpit torture, lol?
The light installation is a Japanese-Italian collaboration, thus resembling European architecture style. The luminarie has became a huge tourist attraction in recent years, with some 129,000 people visited the festival on its opening day.
Video of the cosplay parade at World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan. Hat tip to Hakuto0505 for the interesting clip. Heaven for cosplay fans lol…
WCS was started in 2003 as a promotion event for Aichi Expo 2005. The event has grown so big over the years that it’s now endorsed by three Japanese ministries.
Video coverage by The Japan Times at the 2010 International Tokyo Toy Show…