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Celebrating the navel in Japan’s “belly button”

It was belly-up for thousands of people who indulged in a weekend of navel gazing at a festival dedicated to the belly button in central Japan.

Children and adults, many of them sporting painted stomachs, took part at the annual Belly Button Festival in Shibukawa, north of Tokyo, where dancing in the streets is compulsory.

“The belly button is traditionally believed to be located in the middle of the body and the most important part. Our town, Shibukawa, is also called the belly button of Japan, and that is how this festival began,” said festival organizer Kazuo Yamada.

The festival is based on a traditional Japanese form of entertainment where revelers paint a face on their torsos and stomachs and pretend it is a head.

A kimono is then wrapped around the waist and the person’s real head is hidden by a large cloth hat. The belly button is traditionally painted into a mouth. – reuters

Oh man, all these years I thought some guy in my high school invented that…

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One comment on “Celebrating the navel in Japan’s “belly button”

  1. melbs1969
    September 5, 2008

    that is hilarious! my son has a slight belly button fetish…i should send him to that festival!!!

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