Kanamara Matsuri

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Kanamara Matsuri
Kanamara Matsuri 2007 (phallus festival)-crop.jpg
A crowd gathers at Kanamara Matsuri festival.
Observed by Kanayama shrine, Kawasaki, Japan
Type Religious
Date First Sunday in April
2013 date April 7  (2013-04-07)
2014 date April 6  (2014-04-06)
2015 date April 5  (2015-04-05)
2016 date April 3  (2016-04-03)
Duration 1 day
Frequency annual

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り?, "Festival of the Steel Phallus") is held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine (金山神社 Kanayama-jinja?) in Kawasaki, Japan. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April. The penis, as the central theme of the event, is reflected in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade.[1][2][3][4][5]

The Kanamara Matsuri is centred around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases.[6] It is said that there are also divine protections for business prosperity and for the clan's prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony. There is also a legend of a sharp-toothed demon (vagina dentata) that hid inside the vagina of a young woman and castrated two young men on their wedding nights.[7] As a result, the young woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon's teeth, which led to the enshrinement of the item.[8]

Today, the festival has become something of a tourist attraction and is used to raise money for HIV research.[9]

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  1. ^ "Dammit, we missed The Festival of the Steel Phallus in Japan this weekend - Cosmopolitan". cosmopolitan.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  2. ^ Dominique Mosbergen. "Japan's Annual Penis Festival Is As Phallic As You'd Expect (PHOTOS)". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ Times LIVE. "Japanese festival celebrates the penis - Times LIVE". timeslive.co.za. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  4. ^ "The World Today Archive - Japan's Festival of the Steel Phallus". abc.net.au. 02/04/2001. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  5. ^ "BBC - Travel - Slideshow - Ten events not to miss in April". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Kanamara Matsuri: When Does Japan's Penis Festival Start? (NSFW PHOTOS)". huffingtonpost.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  7. ^ "Kanamara Matsuri 2014: What You Should Know About Japan's Penis Festival (NSFW PHOTOS)". huffingtonpost.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  8. ^ "Metropolis - Japan Travel: Kawasaki - Heads up". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  9. ^ "No Cookies | Herald Sun". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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