Naked Man Festival
Trip Start Jul 27, 2006
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saw the crow castle, and the beautiful garden that surrounds it (kourakuen) which is known as one of the top 3 gardens in japan. but since it was winter, the garden was pretty sparse. still i enjoyed roaming through it, taking in the sites, breathing the fresh air, having the sun on my face, and relaxing with good company.
the naked man festival (which let's be honest, is what you're all curious about...) was alright~ another slight disappointment one could say. i think if i was a dude and i had run in the festival, it might have been more enjoyable
mmkay, i do realize that i'm sounding a bit harsh. there were good aspects to the event, for example-it was interesting to see people of all ages decked out for the night in their little footsie slippers and loin cloths. there were young boys, men as old as 90, and foreigners alike- all enjoying the event together, which was neat to see. BUT it was the coldest night of the year, and they were all nearly naked- so i could only grimace in pity as they passed, thinking about how cold they must be.
would i go again? no. am i glad i went? yes!
i think i enjoyed meeting up with my friend and spending the weekend together, engaged in intellectually inspiring conversation, much more than i enjoyed the visit to okayama itself.