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Festival of the Steel Phallus in Japan

Last weekend in the Japanese city of Kawasaki hosted the annual festival “Kanamara Matsuri” festival of the Steel Phallus

The Japanese carry on their shoulders a portable altar in the shape of male sex organ in the temple Kanayama during the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki.

Kanamara Matsuri the annual festival of fertility. It is held in Kawasaki. The center of the celebration is the Kanayama Temple (the Temple of the Penis). The main festivities fall on the first Sunday of April.

Guests enjoy themselves at the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

The penis is the main theme of the event. And this is reflected everywhere – on posters, candy wrappers, ornaments that are sold everywhere… the vegetable sellers with the pleasure of practicing in the relevant occasion of cutting figures of vegetables – from carrots, cucumbers and all such things.

This annual fertility festival was originally organized by the geisha, who thus asked the higher power to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases.

At the present time it is believed that divine aegis not only protects against sexually transmitted diseases, but also helps in the business and prosperity of the family.

The Japanese are “mikoshi” – special palanquin-storage for the divine object in which spirits live. In this case they are the shape of the penis. Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

A beautiful legend says that in ancient times there was a girl in the vagina which hid a toothy demon. And he bit off two members of the grooms during the wedding night. Then the girl asked for help to the blacksmith. The forged steel phallus – and broke the teeth of the demon. Which led to the emergence of the festival of the Steel Phallus.

Souvenirs in the form of phalluses for sale at the festival “Kanamara Matsuri” festival of the Steel Phallus. Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

The festival is now a full-fledged tourist attraction. In Japan, this event is accessible to all segments of the population, even for children. All proceeds from the festival go to foundations and organizations involved in the study of HIV.

Festival guest having fun at the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

Festival of Kanamara (Kanamara Matsuri) was held from the seventeenth century until 1868-the year. Then there were the 130 years of the anathema and oblivion. But in the last decade, the tradition of holding these festivals in Japan was revived under the slogan of struggle against AIDS.

Guests enjoy themselves at the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

Since ancient times, in many countries, there was a cult of sexual organs as symbols of fertility and offspring. Do not avoid it, and Japanese Shinto, and in the modern era the theme of the phallus, unlike Europe, is devoid of any vulgarity and perceived by the Japanese as something natural.

Guests enjoy themselves at the festival “Matsuri Kanamara”, Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

In Japan there are several temples in which the worship of the male or female genitals, not covertly, but rather with the organization of mass festivals that draw thousands of people.

The girl looks at souvenir in the form of a phallus festival “Kanamara Matsuri” festival of the Steel Phallus. Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

During the festival, people pray for the birth of children and good harvest. During the ceremony, the phallus need some times to turn around. It is believed that the touch of a woman the main symbol of the festival ensures harmony in the family and offspring, childless. People come to the festival, when they want to have children. They believe that the worship of the symbols of procreation will help them to have offspring.

A Shinto priest in a mask demon tengu festival “Kanamara Matsuri” festival of the Steel Phallus. Kawasaki, April 7, 2013. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images