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.