Japanese exceptionalism month continues
Dateline: NOZAWAONSEN, Japan
Every Jan. 15, the village's 25-year-old men consume impossible amounts of alcohol to buoy their courage ahead of a violent rite of passage. Using only pine branches, they defend a 65-foot-tall wooden shrine from the older men of the village, who attack it fiercely with torches lit from a sacred bonfire.
Thanks to Sam for the tip.