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Kanamara Matsuri, the Tokyo’s Penis Festival

Japan festival is an amazing open door for different people for drinking, move and for the most part release without any restriction.

Kanamara Matsuri

At the Kanamara Matsuri or the “Festival of the Steel Phallus”, sexual suppression gets saved for one euphoric day of dressing in drag, penis-moulded candies and, obviously, a couple of monster phalluses.

It might appear to be muddled to have a rowdy celebration praising genitalia in Japan, given the country’s standing for being unassuming, cautious and very private.

 Nonetheless, in Japanese society, there are a lot of chances to relax your hair- they tend to be outlined.

Carrying the festival’s most revered member to the shrine for erection. Photo by Yazan Badran. cc: Travelbeginsat40

While you might become wildly drunk at the nomikai office (drinking party) and sing some not recommended karaoke numbers with your chief, on Monday all will be pardoned and neglected.

Normally, it’s not the right thing to talk about one sexual coexistence in broad daylight – or even concede to having one – at the Kanamara Matsuri, entire families will appear to talk about “sex, richness and the formation of life itself.”

The celebration becomes undesirable for some time, maybe it isn’t so is to be expected that in 2019, it’s one of the primary apparatuses of the celebration schedule.

Japan is confronting a phenomenal segment challenge with its declining rate of birth.

With the public authority backing everything from kid stipends to authoritatively endorsed speed-dating, it appears to be the ideal time for the resurgence of an old fruitfulness celebration.

Kanamara Matsuri: Justifications

Yet, there’s a more current justification for Kanamara Matsuri’s ubiquity, as well. The celebration has turned into a source for certain underestimated LGBTQ bunches in Japan, who frequently need to restrain or altogether conceal their odd characters – as the notorious Japanese maxim goes, “the nail that sticks out will be pounded down”.

The liquid orientation characters and sexualities across the range are commended, the most noticeable model being the gathering of cross-dressing men and transwomen who convey one of the convenient sanctums.

Kanamara Matsuri: History

It is officially known as the Festival of the Steel Phallus, Kanamara Matsuri is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in April, at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, only south of Tokyo.

Its history can be traced to an old Japanese legend. Supposedly, a horrible devil concealed inside the vagina of a young lady after he fell in love with her.

It was the substance envy that continued to bite the penis of two young fellows on two separate wedding evenings.

As a result of this horrifying difficulty, the lady looked for help from an iron smithy phallus to break the devil’s teeth, which thusly prompted the thing’s reverence at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki.

Sex and religion in Japan are not exclusive, but the flexibility of Shinto, is a type of love that recognizes and respects spirits tracked down in nature.

The Kanayama Shrine turned into a point of convergence for couples who wished to ask God for richness and favourable luck in their marriage.

From the 17th to the 19th century, sex labourers would visit the site to ask God for one or two things, and for not contacted sexually transmitted diseases.

It was close to this time that the first celebrations focusing on sexual wellbeing occurred at the altar, but the practice had flamed out toward the nineteenth century’s end.

It was only after 1970 that the main cleric at that point, Hirohiko Nakamura, chose to restore the occasion, though on a genuinely limited scale, and around evening time.

After 40 years of this, the prominence of the celebration soared when, in 2012, TV star Matsuko Deluxe- a frank backer of sex energy and LGBTQ freedoms – name-really look at the celebration.

At this point, it’s an installation on the celebration circuit and sees around 50,000 participants every year.

Kanamara Matsuri: What to See

In the same way as other Japanese celebrations, the headliner is a parade of mikoshi (convenient places of worship).

That’s what the key distinction is, for this situation; the sanctuaries contain an assortment of enormous phalluses, which you’ll see swaying over the tops of the group as they’re conveyed along the stuffed road.

Someone will have to show up in the first part of the day if you have any desire to get a decent spot- the prior, the better.

The parade heads not too far off to Kanayama Shrine, beginning around early afternoon, with each mikoshi conveyed by a gathering in traditional dress.

The major attractions are the Kanamara Fune Mikoshi, the Big Kanamara Mikoshi and the Elizabeth Mikoshi.

The initial two are conventional style floats – yet lodging big penises, made of steel and wood individually – and are sufficiently amazing, yet the Elizabeth Float is the uncontested superstar.

This mikoshi was given to the occasion by Elizabeth Kaikan, a drag bar in Tokyo’s Asakusabashi that has been running since the 1980s.

It includes a huge pink phallus, frequently hung in the ropes (shimenawa) and collapsed paper (shide) that shows a heavenly article in Shintoism, and normally safeguarded by a fancy shelter.

The men conveying it – a cheerful gathering that frames the focal point of the celebration’s festival of eccentric culture – dress in drag in dazzling pink kimono, hairpieces and make-up.

All the mikoshi start and finish their excursion at the entry to the sanctum. The full circle requires above and beyond 60 minutes, so you’ll have a lot of chance to visit and snap an image (subsequent to asking consent, obviously) with all members when the motorcade.

Kanamara Matsuri: What They Do

Besides watching the parade, they partake in all the conventional celebration food varieties and exercises – in addition to a not many that they’ll just find at the Kanamara Matsuri.

On the conventional side, you’ll find flavorful dishes, for example, yakisoba (pan-seared noodles), okonomiyaki (exquisite flapjacks), takoyaki (broiled wads of a hitter with a piece of octopus inside) and the much-cherished choco banana – the chocolate-plunged natural product capitalizes on its as of now phallic shape.

The snacks selected for Kanamara Matsuri incorporate penis-and vulva-formed candies in different flavours.

These things are like the most well-known (and Instagrammable) treat here, so make certain to get one promptly in the day.

On the off chance that you’d prefer have a beverage, visit the amazake stand, where you’ll be given a little, pungent fish to eat before some sweet, smooth amazake – clearly, the mix impersonates the taste and surface of semen.

For something somewhat more grounded – amazake is extremely low in liquor – you can purchase a container of purpose. Some are named with the kanji, others, the two puns in light of the way that the kanji have a few potential elocutions.

The first signifies “valuable gems” when articulated kingyoku, or “gonads” as kintama. The second is “time everlasting” when articulated banko, yet could likewise be perused as Manko, which is shoptalk for vagina.

Whenever you’ve eaten and tipsy your fill, you can partake in a couple of the exercises on offer.

Maybe you could take a stab at cutting a penis out of daikon radish, or stop for a photograph operation on one of the wooden phalluses set up in the place of worship grounds.

Obviously, you could continuously go out to shop – from keychains to candles, there’s an entire scope of themed merchandise accessible, and the returns go to noble causes.

Kanamara Matsuri: Instructions to Arrive

The celebration is effectively open by open vehicle, with the place of worship under a five-minute stroll from Kawasaki-Daishi Station.

From focal Tokyo, take the Keikyu Line from Shinagawa Station (which is on the Yamanote Line), and afterward change to the Keikyu-Dashi Line at Keikyu-Kawasaki Station. The entire excursion takes under 60 minutes, however won’t be covered by a JR Pass.

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Adedokun Boluwatife

Adedokun Boluwatife is a student of Mass Communication, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. She is a campus journalist and a writer.

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