Kanamara Matsuri 2019 – Festival of the Steel Phallus

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When: Monday, April 1, 2019
Japan's Penis Festival in Kawasaki - (Kanamara Matsuri)
The Penis Festival
Japan's Penis Festival in Kawasaki - (Kanamara Matsuri)

The male steel organ festival, Kanamara Matsuri, is held since 1969 every spring in the Kanayama shrine in the city of Kawasaki in Japan.

With all the strangeness and irony of this, according to the tradition of the local Shinto religion, the masculine penis is the main theme of the festival.

An ancient legend tells us that a demon with sharp teeth fell in love with a young woman and hid in her vagina.  On her wedding night the demon bit her husband’s sex organ. The woman who was sorry for her husband asked for the help of the blacksmith who made her a male organ of metal in order to break the demon’s teeth.

The organ that was created by the blacksmith became a sacred object in the eyes of believers who celebrate, every year, the miracle of the woman’s victory over the demon, The steel organ is commemorated as sacred in Kanayama shrine in Kawasaki.

According to the belief, pray at the shrine ensures success and prosperity for business people, successful coupling, good life and harmony for couples in marriage.

Today, the festival is a first-class tourist attraction. Its goal in addition to the fiesta is collecting donations for the fight against HIV.

Thousands of people, locals and guests fill the city and the demand for accommodation is particularly high. It is recommended to check hotel prices and book a room in advance.

During the festival, candies, vegetables and various decorations carved in the form of a male organ are offered for sale. The main attractions of the events are a parade where a giant organ statue is carried and a portable temple with a black metal organ.

This is a unique event that leaves the Western visitor with unforgettable cultural experiences.

Attractive prices suited for all budgets, Many hotels suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY, Get Immediate confirmation by email.
IMPORTANT !
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
 

Event Related Information

Contact details:
Via Travel Kawasaki website

Country Information

Capital:
Tokyo
Currency:
yen (JPY)
Voltage and Frequency:
100V 50/60 Hz
Dialing country code:
+81
Time Zone:
UTC+9
Language:
Japanese
Location:
Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the East Sea, east of the Korean Peninsula.
Information email:
Tourist website:
Information address:
Japan National Tourism Organization 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building, 2-10-1Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Climate:
Varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north .
Japan background and overview
In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island.
In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

City Information

In-country dialing code:
44
Longitude:
139.71722°
Latitude:
35.52056°

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