Thrillist: Japan’s Incredible New Year’s Festival Involves 10,000 Semi-Nude Men. “Skin thwaps skin as a mass of 10,000 loincloth-clad men undulates with rumbling kinetic energy. It may be freezing outside, but here in the temple it’s all sweat and ricocheting grunts. They lunge, twist, climb, yell, slip, tangle limbs, and trip each other in a grand mosh pit of masculine bravado. Their goal is to best each other and eventually grasp one of two little sticks symbolizing good luck, and all’s fair to get their prize—even if there’s a priest watching.” (Even?)