A Celebration Of Schlongs
This is one celebration where being a dick is cool, in fact, the bigger the dick, the better. Kanamara Maturi, an annual festival held in Japan, celebrates the willy.
No, not Willie Nelson, or Willy Wonka, not even William Shakespeare. We’re Talking
A Celebration Of Schlongs
This is one celebration where being a dick is cool, in fact, the bigger the dick, the better. Kanamara Matsuri, an annual festival held in Japan, celebrates the willy.
No, not Willie Nelson, or Willy Wonka, not even William Shakespeare. We’re talking about the penis, the schlong, the male member. While Westerners and prudes giggle and cringe at the sight of gigantic penises, the ancient tradition is a very serious celebration of, and prayer for, fertility, STDs and HIV.
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Held on the first Sunday in April, the festival takes place on April 7, 2019. It is held at the Kanayama Shrine, which is located at Wakamiya Hachimangu Temple, in Kawasaki, Japan.
What’s The Kanamara Matsuri Festival About?
While the meaning behind the celebration goes much deeper, it’s still a festival that pays homage to the penis. If that’s what you came to see, you’re not going to feel let down. For lovers of all things phallic, from penis hats and puppets, to floats and costumes!
Couples, young and old, attend the festival looking for cures for impotence, to assist with infertility, and to participate in the big parade. Kanamara Matsuri sees every Tom, Dick, and Harry take part in this annual event, and has become hugely popular with the LGBT community.
Celebrations start on the Saturday evening with yang and yin shaped rice treats that are prepared, and everyone gets to taste them. Traditionally the symbols represent the male and female energies respectively.
On Sunday, at 11 am, the festival officially starts with a huge bonfire being lit and a short Shinto ceremony taking place, after which sake and dried sardines are served for good fortune.
At around 12 o’ cock, er, 12 o’ clock, the omikishi (or as we like to call it, the OMG), a giant member altar is transported to the Kanamara shrine, in preparation for the start of the spectacle. Interestingly, the giant pink penis was donated by Elizabeth Kaikan, Tokyo’s famous drag queen bar and club and is affectionately known as ‘Elizabeth’.
The Kanamara Mastsuri Afternoon Parade
The rest of the celebration is all about the afternoon parade, which starts at about 1 pm. Three enormous erect penises are carried through by worshippers dressed in what can only be described as penis-pink garments.
Revelers and onlookers line the streets, crowding around the idols, singing, shouting and chatting, while the willie-bearers sway, in worship of the yang. The atmosphere is like that of a street party, just with a lot of dicks. Everyone is dressed in kimonos and almost everyone is sucking on, or licking, penis-shaped lollipops.
But there is a serious side, with proceeds from the event going to HIV research.