WATCH: Thousands welcome spring during Japan’s ‘naked’ festival

In Japan, some 10,000 men braved freezing temperatures in the water during a traditional competition dated some 500 years.

During the Hadaka Matsuri festival, the men only wear a piece of white loin cloth and gather at a temple to welcome spring.

The festival reaches its peaks when one of the temples religious men throws various objects which bring good fortune while participants try to find them.

The sub-zero temperatures are not the biggest threat to the festival as in previous years sometimes participants were crashed to death.

This year’s festival ended on a good note with a number of participants only suffering slight injuries.

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