Kanamari 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. The Elizabeth mikoshinamed after the local drag queen club, contains the largest phallus and, with its bold pink colour, is quite impossible to ignore.
Back then, prostitutes would gather outside the shrine to pray for good business and protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Legend has it that an evil demon possessed the vagina of a young woman, giving it sharp teeth after she refused its advances syphilis, perhaps? The woman turned to a blacksmith for help.
But in the Japanese city of Kawasaki, Sunday was Kanamara Matsuri, the annual penis festival, where participants worship a giant black phallus carried through the streets. Tens of thousands of spectators flood the city, grabbing penis-shaped key chains, pens, chocolates and more. After her husband was bitten twice, the maiden went to a blacksmith and got a custom-made steel dildo.
The festival centers around penises, which appear everywhere, as candy, on hats, and on clothing. Phallic-shaped objects or anything which has to do with sex are sold all around the shrine. In recent years, the festival has gained popularity among foreign residents in Japan, who flock to the festival in great numbers to see the penis-shaped objects.
However, in Japanese society, there are plenty of opportunities to let your hair down — they just tend to be very clearly delineated. So while you may get wildly drunk at the office nomikai drinking party and sing some ill-advised karaoke numbers with your boss, on Monday all will be forgiven and forgotten. After all, Japan is facing an unprecedented demographic challenge with its declining birth rate.
It is spring and with it comes the good weather, the cherry blossom and the penis festival! Every year, on the first Sunday of April, Japanese people celebrate penises during this penis festival in Japan. Here is everything you need to know about it.
And it is an event that is gaining increasing popularity, especially among foreign visitors, each year. The woman, however, didn't return the demon's affection and decided to marry another man. Angering the demon, he inhabited the woman's vagina before their wedding night and when they tried to consummate the marriage, the demon bit off the groom's penis with his razor sharp teeth.
Tourists flock to When : First Sunday of April Where: Kanamara Shrine, Kawasaki-city the festival site to see the huge pink penis parade in the streets, eat penis shapped candies, buy small penis toys, etc. Lots of fun and laughter is had by all but this festival has a deeper, more important meaning than just the worship of the penis. Like all good tourist area, Kawasaki had its share of recreation for weary travellers.
Special penis shrine books will even be available for the first time this year. This steel shaft then destroyed the demon, instantly restoring fertility, and now a phallus replica and the spirit of the blacksmith is preserved at the shrine, with both being paraded around the neighbourhood once a year in a lively celebration involving more than 50, attendees. This year, the festival will be held on 7 April, and organisers have just announced the rundown of events and activities for the day, which are as follows:.