In early April, scores of revelers collect within the metropolis of Kawasaki, about half-hour south of Tokyo, to rejoice Kanamara Matsuri – Japan’s notorious penis pageant, with a reputation translating roughly to Competition of the Metal Phallus. Kanamara Matsuri’s predominant festivities have taken place on the primary Sunday of April since 1969 (sure, critically).
On the pageant centering on the um, organ and fertility, attendees get to erect gigantic penis statues on handheld shrines, take pleasure in penis-shaped lollipops, purchase penis-shaped candles, and (clearly) gown as penises. There’s a seemingly countless array of phallic merch!
“Wonderful. So enjoyable, so distinctive, such a special expertise,” one Australian vacationer who went to this yr’s gathering told Euronews. “It’s so bizarre coming from Australia to see one thing like this, but it surely appears to be like like everybody’s having a good time.”