Thousands don loincloths to battle at Japanese festival

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Thousands don loincloths to battle at Japanese festival
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men are fitted into loincloths at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A group of participants arrive at the temple grounds at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Children fight over a sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A man is carried on a stretcher as men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman, which often results in injuries, at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A loincloth worn by the men who cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman is held at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A child holds up a 'shingi' that he captured before the main event in which men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Emergency details, like blood type and contact information, are tucked into loincloths before men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 20, 2016 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
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Thousands of men were fitted into loincloths at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on Saturday in Okayama, Japan.

The nearly naked 9,000 men battled to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan.

Often resulting in injuries, the men cram together into the temple and later pounce on the sacred talismans, believing the winner will receive a year of health, wealth and prosperity.

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