Sunday, April 17, 2011
Leave it to Japan, the country that gave us Hello Kitty, Ramen noodles and anime, to also give us the ancient festival called “Kanamara Matsuri” which celebrates and worships a huge phallus whose origins date back to the Edo (1603-1867).
In the city of Kawasaki, Japan, the festival of “Kanamara Matsuri” is very special. It is the starting point for prevention campaigns and fundraising.
The event attracts a lots of people: young, old and children who gather in the square around the giant phallus. The crowded streets are surrounded by stalls selling all kinds of items, sweets and groceries in phallic form.
There is also plenty of transvestites, gays and lesbians participating with great fun. Here you will find penis-shaped daikon and carrots, which are then auctioned during the festival.
Who doesn’t appreciate a huge phallus? I love Japan!