Kanamara “Penis” Festival 2018

1st Apr, 2018 10:15am – 4:30pm
kanamara penis festival
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Yes, you read the title right. The Kanamara Festival (aka the Penis Festival) at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki features phallic images in everything from the decorations to snacks. There is also a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade of numerous giant phalli around noon. Men in drag carry the pink ‘Elizabeth Mikoshi’, donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth. Profits raised from the event go to HIV research.

Continue on after the festivities of Kanamara festival with this fun Kimono bar-hopping event in near by Ogawacho – click here for details

Here’s some backstory. Kanayama Shrine was popular with sex workers from the local tea houses who prayed for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. Two gods of mining and blacksmiths, Kanayamahiko and Kanayamahime, are enshrined in it, which might sound totally unrelated to phalli. But Japanese legend says that they healed the Shinto goddess Izanami after she gave birth to a fire god. People prayed to them regarding STDs, childbirth, etc. because of this myth. Another story tells of a demon fell in love with a woman and hid inside her vagina, biting off her newlywed husband’s penis, twice. She then sought help from a blacksmith, who made her a metal phallus. It broke the demon’s teeth and sent him off for good. They later enshrined it in Kanayama Shrine as a sort of commemoration .

Dates: 1st Apr, 2018
Start/End Time: 10:15am – 4:30pm
Venue: Kanayama Shrine
Recommended hotel Hotel MyStays Yokohama
Entry: Free
Typical weather at this time
High: 15 ℃Low: 10 ℃
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Closest station(s): Kawasaki
Area: Kawasaki
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