Witness Okayama’s Naked Festival (Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri)

What’s up people? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share the night of the Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) in Okayama City this time.

Witness Okayama’s Naked Festival (Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri)

Saidaiji Hadaka Matsuri is an annual event being held at the temple in Saidaiji area (eastern Okayama) with more than 500 years of history. This is actually the area where the Wadas often hang out for fishing in summer. Only one man from 9,000 participants wins luck & fame. However, it doesn’t go that easy.

 

Information

Date 3rd Saturday of February
Time 22:00 ~
Place

Kinryozan Saidaiji Temple

3-8-8 Saidaijinaka Higashi-ku, Okayama City

Website http://www.saidaiji.jp

 

Rules

  • A piece of wood called Shingi is dropped from the ceiling and whoever gets it and passes through the gate with the Shingi wins.
  • Traditionally MEN only can participate. It is an old-fashioned sexism but that’s how it has been (please don’t complain to me).
  • All participants must wear Sarashi and Tabi. (If necessary, these are available at the temple as well.)
  • Participants with tattoos are not allowed.
  • No drunks.

 

How to Join?

  • Register online or apply at the temple before the festival begins.

 

Gallery

Before the Storm

At 21:00-ish. There are many street stands just like with other festivals. Grab some food! I strongly suggest to go to washroom before getting here. We encountered a long lineup.

 

Here goes. The closest we could get to the place was still this far. See the people sitting over there? Tickets for these seats are also available at receptions. Well, we could still see them and feel the heat (steam). They were already pushing each other.

 

Show Time!

At 22:00. The lights are turned off, then the Shingi might’ve been thrown into the crowd. (as we heard guys screaming). Guys kept pushing! Some fell down the stairs! Geez.

 

After a while, It kinda slowed down. Someone might’ve got the Shingi…?

 

Another Round!

We moved to the other side and saw the guys pushing still around the gate that a winner is supposed to pass through with the Shingi. Apparently it hadn’t been out there yet! So they were all hunting! Oh boy…

 

We can’t even see what’s going on.

 

Finally Settled Down

Even after an hour, they were struggling still. I and Mrs. Wada sorta were starting to give up and leave, then an announcement was made. All the guys stopped huddling. Apparently someone finally had made it to the gate with the Shingi. Wait up, so what’s the thing guys near us were fighting for? It seemed that some fake Shingi would’ve been slipped in. How evil! >x<

Guys in jackets seem to have given up long ago….

 

Lastly

How do you find it? I wouldn’t be able to join such a festival in the coldest time of the year but if you are strong enough, why not give a try and show off your manhood?

See you around!



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Annual Gundam Ride in Okayama

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Hi, it’s Mr. Wada on duty. Do you know that life-size stuff has been sorta trend in Japan? It must be challenging for creators to make things they’d dream of when they were kids. Nothing seems impossible in this era.

I assume what represents this life-size stuff movement would be the Gundam in Tokyo. It was only for an event but turned sorta permanent. You can see it anytime in Odaiba. But did you know that it’s not only Tokyo that got Gundam. Yes, there is also one in my hometown, Okayama. OK, I will take you to a quick tour to the Gundam ride in Okayama this time.

Life-Size Gundam Statue in Tokyo

 

About Gundam in Okayama

History

An ordinary engineer, who wasn’t a fan of Gundam really but since he’d seen it on TV, he’d had this desire to create it for real. Years after, he actually did build it (it took him 7 years!), but it still remains UNOFFICIAL.

Technically it is Zeta Gundam. It’s actually different from one in Tokyo. As you see, it comes with Z.

Gundam ride in Okayama sign

Size

Size of this Gundam in Okayama is 7 meters (one in Tokyo is 18 meters).

Gundam ride in Okayama ticket_back

Still huge though!

Cockpit

Gundam in Okayama has its own cockpit to let people in! We can get into it for real.

Gundam ride in Okayama cockpit

Entrance to excitement!

Gundam Ride in Okayama

Where?

Kume no Sato

A 20-minute walk from JR Mimasaka-Sendai station (Kishin line).

Address
563-1Miyao, Tsuyama city, Okayama prefecture

When?

It’s open for a ride every April during the Sennin-Matsuri event. For the detail, please check the website.

Reference : Kume no Sato (Only in Japanese)

sennin

Main stage of the event.

How?

It is FREE but you need a ticket. What you need is line up and get it. The tickets are handed out in the morning (around 9:00AM) and afternoon (around 12:000PM).

Note:
The tickets are quite limited (only for first 60 groups in the morning and afternoon), so I recommend you to line up at least BEFORE 30 minutes. You don’t want to miss it after coming all the way up to Tsuyama City.

Gundam ride in Okayama lineup

We joined for the afternoon ride. Long way to go…

Gundam ride in Okayama ticket

Yes! We’ve made it.

Follow the schedule shown. Come back when it’s your turn (check your ticket number).

schedule

Experience the Ride!

It’s showtime!

Gundam ride in Okayama ladder

Climb up the ladder…

Gundam ride in Okayama front

And tada. Here it comes. Get in!

Note:
Each group gets 2.5 minutes. Take photos and enjoy being a Gundam pilot!

Lastly

Even if you have never watched any Gundam (like me), it is still so much exciting once you are in front of it and get into the cockpit! It’s quite something. Since the event is being held only once a year, it makes it very special, doesn’t it? Please visit the Gundam ride in Okayama!

See you around!