The Festival of the Steel Phallus

Kanamara Matsuri Festival 2014The Festival of the Steel Phallus (Kanamara Matsuri in Japanese) is an annual event in Kawasaki, Japan. Held on the first Sunday in April, the festival originated in the 16th century when the town’s prostitutes would gather at a shrine to pray for financial prosperity and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Nowadays the festival centres around a huge pink penis which is carried through the streets, together with numerous other phallic-shaped objects large and small.

For more photographs from this year’s event, see 17 Decidedly Phallic Images Of Japan’s Annual Penis Festival Kanamara Matsuri.

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