Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Penis Festival

Size matters at The Japan Penis Festival. Tourists, revelers, and devotees to Kanayama temple pay hommage to fertility,  childbearing, satisfied partners, and protection from sexually transmitted deseases. That and to gawk at the 6-foot-high, colorful phalluses being transported to temple. This festival is open to everyone, adults, toddlers, prostitutes, drag queens, and others. Why can’t we always get along like this?
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Wander about to see the hundreds of hand-crafted penises, made from paper mache,  vegetables, and other innovative materials. Buy penis shaped candy. See people licking penis shaped lollipops. See festival goers posing for photos atiop giant wooden phalluses.
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Buy souvenirs! Give them as presents to loved ones and friends. Attend workshops! Learn how to carve carrots into penises. Learn how to dress in style in your penis cloths.
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The festival is held the first Sunday of April, To get there, follow anyone who’s dressed like a phallus. Go there. This is the one time when it’s okay to be a dick.

– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.

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