It’s an annual darn event

Too late for 2015, but it’ll be back:

One day a year, visitors to the Saishōji Temple in Ashikaga are invited to shed their stoicism and politeness for a night of cathartic cursing. At the akutare matsuri (“rowdiness festival”), also called akutai matsuri (“festival of abusive language”), held annually on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of worshippers make the forty-minute trek up the mountain to the temple, shouting insults and epithets along the way.

Then again, shedding that politeness doesn’t come easy to the Japanese:

Although all potential targets of these insults are fair game, the curses themselves are typically mild, especially by Strong Language standards. The insult of choice is usually “bakayarō!” — loosely translated to “you idiot!”

I’m just imagining how this sort of festival would play in, oh, New Jersey.


  1. jsallison »

    2 January 2016 · 8:33 pm

    Sounds like they could use the services of a Shakespearean insult generator, Thou arrogant beetle-headed clotpole! Just as an example.

  2. CGHill »

    2 January 2016 · 8:52 pm

    That would work; I’m sure Japan is ridden with clotpoles, with or without beetle heads.

  3. backwoods conservative »

    2 January 2016 · 8:56 pm

    Or as I saw somewhere in the King James version of the Bible, “Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman!”

    Or this line by a character played by Mako, “Coward! Spineless son of a mongrel dog!”

  4. ETat »

    3 January 2016 · 8:32 am

    The Japanese should hire your friend Jack B to give them 90-sec lessons.

  5. CGHill »

    3 January 2016 · 10:27 am

    He might take that gig. Hell, I might take that gig.

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