Kanamara Matsuri

Japan culture is quite different from ours and it therefore polarizes – you really like it, or not at all. I got familiar with japanese culture quite early since I watched as a child numerous Japanese anime., which I really liked. Uniqueness, sincerity and a soul of these animated films have influenced that my first experience wit Japanese culture was positive. This could be probably the reason why the land of the rising run interested me. When I was offered the opportunity to visit this country, I did not hesitate. After some time living in Japan, I saw that Japanese people are not overly religious, however they are traditional, which they link with faith. In this manner they have a multitude of festivals. Clothing, happening and decoration are fully determined at festivals and as a result of long-standing tradition. The Japanese, however, would not be Japanese, if they didn't have some strange festivals. One such is just Kanamara Matusuri or the Festival of the steel phallus. It's a festival, organised every spring in the Temple in Kawasaki in Kanayama, just southwest of Tokyo. The main motive of the Festival is, as its name suggests – a penis, which is everywhere: on a altar, illustrations, candy, decorations, etc. Legend has it that many years ago a demon possessed a woman's vagina with sharp teeth (vagina dentata), and castrated two men on their wedding night. In order to save the woman from the demon, a blacksmith produced a steel phallus to knock out the steel teeth, which led to the establishment of this sanctuary. Kanayama shrine has become popular even among prostitutes, who asked for protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The Festival began in 1977 and with each year it grew. Nowadays the festival is also a tourist attraction, while organizers also collected funds for the research against HIV. I was surprised how performers at the festival took their job seriously and with pride. This is for Japanese people something noble and important. It was crowded at the Festival, which gave an impression that this festival is one big chaos, where every now and then a phallus and the vagina show up. Let the photos speak for them selfs.

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Crowds and the portable shrine in the form of the phallus in the distance.

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Holders are encouraged to sing songs to the rhythm. The fall in trans.

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Porters ...

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Portable shrine with phallus and porters cosplayerji.

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From the front to protect porters before the rush of visitors.

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Lizalke in the form of falusov are quite popular among women.

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The traditional festival costume.

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Many come to shop in the street watching by events.

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Others will not let you make a mistake.

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Still others are waiting on customers.

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Discarded lizalka in the form of a phallus.

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Crowded.

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Smaller lawns for picnics take advantage of the festival events.

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Fotografiranje s falusom.

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Sale of artworks with falično form.

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Fear.

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Auction various handmade cakes and izrezaljne vegetables.

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Shooting ...

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Portrait of a gentleman with falično cap.

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Many take advantage of the festival to put on their imaginary characters ...

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Težkanje.

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Žuljavi fall.

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Many are quite identify with.

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Lepta the "masculine".

And video reportage of the festival.

Impressed by the festival I pondered his impressions with friends in the local bar. Festivals in Japan are of interest, whether they or another.