There’s definitely no mistaking that Kanamara Matsuri is a Japanese fertility festival!

A large, pink phallus bobs its way down the street carried on the shoulders of a dozen men in bandanas, to the sound of their rhythmic chants. The Kanamara Matsuri (AKA Festival of the Steel Phallus, or Iron Penis Festival) is an annual Shinto fertility festival held in Kawasaki, Japan.

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Picture: kanamara matsuri 2007 by atem_y_zeit, on Flickr

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    How odd this festival wasn’t mentioned when we studied Shinto in my Eastern Religions class… ;-)
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