Image of the Day: Oto Preparations

Friday 07 February 2014 08.51
Men prepare to take part in the Oto festival
Men prepare to take part in the Oto festival

Japanese men wearing Fundoshi, traditional Japanese undergarments, pray during a ritual body wash ceremony before attending the Oto festival at a beach in Shingu, Japan.

Nearly two thousand men go up to a shrine with torches inscribed with prayers.

Once the torches are lit, the sacred shrine gates open to let the participants run down 538 stone steps to the bottom of the mountain.

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