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July 5, 2017

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The Nanokado Hadaka-mairi, also known as the Naked Man Festival, happens every year on January 7 in Yanaizu, Japan. A celebration to ring in the new year, the festival involves men wearing only loincloths, cleansing themselves with holy water, climbing an enormous rope, and praying for good health and fortune in the year ahead. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by TERUO ARAYA, National Geographic Your Shot
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