Celebrate fertility with penis-themed goodies at this wild annual festival in Kanagawa. Penises of all colors and sizes take over Kawasaki city during the Kanamara Matsuri—aka the Penis Festival. Photo by: Randiah Camille Green. Around 30, people flock to the event in the otherwise quiet town in Kanagawa Prefecture , about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. The rowdy celebration of all things phallic happens annually on the first Sunday of April. Expect lots of drunk people in penis hats.
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It is not clear what will be permitted in We will update further information when it becomes available. Kanamara Matsuri means Festival of the Steel Phallus and is becoming more and more popular every year amongst Japanese and foreigners alike, to whom it is more commonly known as the Japan Penis Festival. Central to the festival is a big mikoshi parade where human-sized phalluses are carried in divine palanquins mikoshis to the Kanayama temple.
It started in and, amusingly, the festival had a much quieter existence until people began uploading YouTube videos of a huge, phallic structure being carried down the road and foreigners both in Japan and abroad caught wind of this remarkably unusual celebration. Today, about 30, attend the event with foreigners making up a good portion of this number. Kanayama Shrine has long been associated with sex.
Each mikoshi is carried by dozens of locals outfitted in happi coats and sweatbands, while some of the men are in fundoshi, loincloth-style underwear. For centuries, Kanayama has been a place where couples pray for fertility and marital harmony; during the Edo era, from the 17th to 19th centuries, sex workers would come and pray to be rid of the STIs that they picked up in the course of the job. There was even a festival revolving around fertility and sexual health during those times — but the tradition was lost in the late s. In the s, then-chief priest Hirohiko Nakamura decided to resurrect it. But since then, the festival has morphed into what it is today: a joyful and blatant celebration of the penis in this usually more circumspect country.