In Japan It's All About The Penis
Author: merve özcangaz
Wednesday 9th of April 2014 01:28:03 PM
Every spring people in Japan go to Kawasaki to celebrate 'Kanamara Matsuri' which is the festival of the steel penis. This festival is a celebration of the penis and of fertility in general. According to the BBC, the festival is believed to have roots in the 17th century, when prostitutes are said to have prayed for protection from sexually transmitted infections at Kawasaki's Kanamara shrine.
Women and men dress like huge pink penises or carry gigantic penis-shaped figures through the streets, eat penis-shaped lollipops, dance and pose for photographers with penis sculptures during the event. Many penis-shaped souvenirs are sold on the streets too. In addition to the fun, the festival also raises awareness about safe sex practices and fundraises for HIV prevention.
If you want to learn more about the festival, please check the video: