"Dating back to the Dutch colonial days, Panjat Pinang is one of the oldest, most popular traditions, celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day. Every year, in towns and villages around the country, tall nut-trees are chopped down and their trunks placed vertically, in the center of each settlement. A wheel full of prizes is placed on top before the trunk is covered with oil or other lubricants, and young men are invited to try and reach the prizes" // photo by Lessy Sebastian
Warabi Hadaka Matsuri. For hundreds of years now in the month of February, the little city of Yotsukaido, Chiba (四街道市) has their strongest men in town strip down to their loincloths and brave the icy waters of a rice paddy, cradling town newborns and seeking the protection of the Gods.