Hadaka Matsuri

The Infamous Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival): Do You Have What It Takes?

Every third weekend in February, nine thousand nearly nude men brave the cold in a night of gladiatorial combat at Sadaiji Temple in Okayama prefecture. The reward? A talisman granting a year of happiness and luck, or at the very least a whopping tale to tell when you get back home. theatlantic.com/ History There are…

5 Weird Things in Japan that the Japanese Don’t Consider Strange At All!

Internationally (in)famous for strange inventions, Japan has a lot to offer if you are interested in the unusual, exotic or just strange. The number of things that often surprise foreigners but are ‘totally normal’ to Japanese is infinite. 1. Yaeba (八重歯) jp.fotolia.com/ Having uneven teeth or a ‘snaggletooth’ is considered a sign of youthfulness in…