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Kanamara ’’Steel Phallus’’ Festival in Japan Visitors eat phallus-shaped candies during the Kanamara Festival in Kawasaki on April 2, 2017, Kanagawa, Japan. The Kanamara Matsuri or Festival of the Steel Phallus is held on the first Sunday of April at the Kanayama shrine. The shrine celebrates a legend of a steel penis and was frequented by prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Visitors now wish for easy delivery, marriage and matrimonial harmony. Because of the large steel phallus the unusual festival has become a tourist attraction attracting many overseas visitors and is used to raise money for HIV charities. Phallus shaped candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a big parade are all part of the festival.02/04/2017-Kawasaki, JAPAN
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Kanamara Penis Festival
Kanamara ’’Steel Phallus’’ Festival in Japan Visitors eat phallus-shaped candies during the Kanamara Festival in Kawasaki on April 2, 2017, Kanagawa, Japan. The Kanamara Matsuri or Festival of the Steel Phallus is held on the first Sunday of April at the Kanayama shrine. The shrine celebrates a legend of a steel penis and was frequented by prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Visitors now wish for easy delivery, marriage and matrimonial harmony. Because of the large steel phallus the unusual festival has become a tourist attraction attracting many overseas visitors and is used to raise money for HIV charities. Phallus shaped candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a big parade are all part of the festival.02/04/2017-Kawasaki, JAPAN