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Body-bashing in total darkness, young, athletic Japanese men fight to retrieve camphor-scented batons during the Hadaka Matsuri ceremony for the Lunar New Year. This photograph was taken shortly after World War II at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan.

The photographer’s camera flashbulb provided the room’s only illumination.

Photograph by Horace Bristol, Jr.
From National Geographic Magazine, September 2000

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