Phallus Parade (aka Fertility Festival) – Day 210

WARNING! MORE GRAPHIC PHOTOS IN THIS POST!

Today was the Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus), which is held every year in Kawasaki at the Kanamaya shrine.

Penis parade!!

Penis parade!!

I had heard about this festival from a friend and seen pictures of it before coming to Japan, so I was very excited to go when I heard that it was today!

There’s more information about this festival online (like this legend about a demon but I think it’s a bit explicit for my blog), but apparently during the Edo period prostitutes came to pray at this shrine for protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Anyway, it took over an hour and a half to get to KawasakiDaishi station where the festival was being held. There were SO many people there and the number of foreigners attending the festival was outstanding. It was funny to see that there was a real mixture of people, such as families with young children to old ladies dressed up in kimonos.

Naughty masks

Naughty masks

When we got there, the penis mikoshi had just left the shrine. We did try to follow the parade but everyone had the same idea, so we decided to head back to the shrine and see what was there and wait for the parade to come round again.

Chasing after the penis mikoshi (ie. portable shrine)

Chasing after the penis mikoshi (ie. portable shrine)

Within the shrine there were loads of stalls selling penis related goodies, like lollies, stationery, clothing etc.

Sex position tea towel?

Sex position tea towel?

Appropriate pens for sale

Appropriate pens for sale

I actually bought a penis shaped lolly (I actually got 2 lollies…) because the money made from the festival apparently goes towards HIV research.

Penis shaped lollies

Penis shaped lollies

Vagina lollies for the guys

Vagina lollies for the guys

There were also food stalls like Yakitori, Takoyaki, and kebabs!

Yakitori stall

Yakitori stall

Quite a few people decided to get into the spirit of things by dressing up – some more risqué than others.

Oh my

Oh my

Wow

Wow

They even had some wooden phallus statues that you could climb on and have your photo taken.

Waheyy

Waheyy

Eventually the parade came back to the shrine and I managed to get some good shots. There were 3 penis mikoshi – a pink one, a big brown one, and a wooden one.

Coming back to the shrine

Coming back to the shrine

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It was a really interesting experience to say the least. A fun day out which can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age.

Apologies if anyone has been offended by this post. But I think that this sort of festival is the sort of thing that I’ve been looking forward to going to as I think it’s very “Japan”, which is why I decided to write a whole blog post on it!

Me and my lolly! HAHA

Me and my lolly! HAHA

Thanks for reading!

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This entry was published on April 6, 2014 at 8:07 am. It’s filed under Japan and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Phallus Parade (aka Fertility Festival) – Day 210

  1. My life is now complete Olivia – thank you! Everyone needs to see a pink penis parade! 😀

  2. I was there! Only in Japan.

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