Annual PENIS FESTIVAL held to celebrate male genitals includes huge steel phallus being carried to ancient Japanese shrine
WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT The annual event to honour fertility has drawn thousands of visitors in the last 39 years
An annual festival held to celebrate PENISES has been held – and hundreds have gathered to see enormous phalluses parade the streets.
Shinto Kanamara Matsuri, aka the Festival of the Steel Phallus, sees giant manhood-shaped shrines take over streets in Kawasaki, Japan.
Held every year, the event sees visitors coming from far afield to watch parades and chow down on phallus-shaped lollipops.
The event, which started in 1977 at the Kanayama Shrine , celebrates the male appendage and fertility .
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It is believed to have its roots in the 17th Century, following the gory tale of a sharp-toothed demon who fell in love with a beautiful woman.
It was not until a local blacksmith forged a steel phallus, which broke the demon’s teeth, that it was vanquished forever and the woman was free.
The “Festival of the Steel Phallus” was then born and the Kanayama Shrine became renowned as a site for sex workers to pray for protection against STIs .
The site is also said to aid fertility, and has become popular with the LGBT community.
Nowadays, it reportedly raises awareness about safe sex practices and raises funds for HIV prevention.
It’s not the only penis-celebrating event in Japan’s annual calendar.
Hōnen Matsuri is another fertility festival which takes place every spring in Komaki features Shinto priests playing musical instruments, a parade of ceremonially garbed participants, all-you-can-drink sake.
Pride of place is given to a 280 kg, 2.5m-long wooden phallus.
The wooden phallus is carried from a shrine called Shinmei Sha – in even-numbered years – on a large hill or from Kumano-sha Shrine – in odd-numbered years – to a shrine called Tagata Jinja.