Penis festival 2016
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Kanamara Penis Festival 2016 (April 3): As legend has it, a young woman plagued with a sharp-toothed demon hiding inside her vagina (which castrated two of her newlywed husbands)—sought out the help of a blacksmith to create a steel penis with which to break the demon’s teeth.  With that in mind, let’s celebrate this young woman’s “good fortune” at the Kanamara Matsuri (also known as the “Festival of the Steel Phallus”) with a parade and penis-shaped candy and decorations. Event from 10:15 to 16:30 on Sunday.

Earth Day Market (April 3): If you’re in the Harajuku/Shibuya area, pop by Yoyogi Park for the Earth Day Market—earth-friendly goods can be found for sale, from organic fruit/veg to fair trade products to handmade crafts.

Yokohama African Festival 2016 (April 1-3): In an effort to bridge the cultural differences between Japan and Africa, this three-day event will feature traditional drumming and dancing, games, a photo exhibition, fashion, quizzes, African product displays and a wide range of food and drinks.

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 Hanami Boat Rides (various dates – end of March to mid-April): With all the recent coverage, you’re probably well aware of the best parks and gardens to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, but did you know you can also enjoy them while cruising down the Nihonbashi, Sumida, and Onagigawa rivers? Until early to mid-April, you can take your pick from various boat cruises to enjoy cherry blossoms—during the day, at sunset, or even at night for illuminations. Cruises start from as little as 780 yen. For more info on all your hanami boat options, read here.

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