Published on December 9th, 2014 | by Charlie
Fertility Festivals in Japan
Let’s take a look at a famous fertility festival!
You may have recently read about how officials in Thailand were removing sex toys from a shrine in the National Park of Krabi. Locals place carved phalluses at this shrine with hopes that it will increase their stamina and chances of having healthy babies.
While some fertility festivals are more famous, these types of traditional offerings are much more common. In this post we’re going to take a look at what is probably the most famous fertility festival in the world – Kanamara Matsuri, otherwise known as the Festival of the Steel Phallus!
This fertility festival starts on the first Sunday in April each year. It is becoming more and more popular with tourists who are not used to such outward displays of sexuality at home.
It all started in the 1600’s when prostitutes used to pray for protection against STI’s at the Shinto shrine. Eventually more and more people joined in and over the centuries Kanamara Matsuri evolved into the spectacle that it is today. Now it is a popular festival that brings awareness to the masses.
It’s not unusual to see men and women, young and old, enjoying a penis shaped lollipop. During the festival you can find penis shaped candies and other novelties while taking in the sites of the penis parade where the pink penis alter is carried to the shrine.
Possibly the best thing about this fertility festival is that the main focus is bringing awareness to the dangers of STI’s, particularly HIV, which has long been a taboo topic in Japan. After the penis parade there are contests such as radish carving competitions, costume judging, and it’s all followed by a feast. The money raised from these events is donated to HIV research.
Whether you choose to visit this fertility festival to take in the sights, increase your sexual virility, or to help raise money for a good cause, you’re sure to leave with a few good memories.
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