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    Itís a sight that draws giggles and curious stares from tourists and other first-timers Ė an unusual festival where revellers carry gigantic phalluses through the streets of a Japanese city.
    But for the residents of Kawasaki, who lug erotic shapes of all different sizes, this odd tradition is not a joke.
    Shinto Kanamara Matsuri started as a small tradition but has grown into a popular a tourist attraction, with participants praying to a god of fertility, child birth and protection from sexually transmitted infections.


    Participants carry a gigantic phallus through the streets of Kawasaki, Japan during the Shinto Kanamara Matsuri festival


    The sight of three large phalluses being paraded through neighbourhoods in the city south of Tokyo draws giggles from tourists



    Known as the Festival of the Steel Phallus, it is held every spring at the phallus-shaped Kanayama Shrine.
    Festivalgoers parade through the streets with three giant phalluses, while spectators lick lollies or snack on sausages or vegetables shaped as male and female genitalia.
    Rainy weather didnít ruin the mood at this yearís festival, which had a massive collection of foreigners, according to Japanese website RocketNews24.
    They watched as groups of locals carried three heavy phalluses modelled after a mikoshi portable shrine, which is commonly used in Shinto festivals.






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    Participants pray to a god who is said to help with fertility, child birth and protection from sexually transmitted infections




    Spectators can buy lollies, sausages and vegetables shaped as male and female genitalia while watching the unusual parade

    The three mikoshi carried through the streets for hours are the Kanamara Boat Mikoshi (tall and black), the Elizabeth Mikoshi (big and pink) and the Kanamara Big Mikoshi (squat and wooden), RocketNews24 reported.
    In addition to the parade there are performances and music, and the festival itself raises money and awareness for HIV research.
    The festival started nearly 40 years ago, and the Kanayama Shrine was once a popular place for prostitutes to pray for protection from sexually transmitted infections.
    Today, people visit the shrine to pray for everything from fertility and business prosperity to wedded bliss and good health.

    In addition to the parade there are performances and music, and the festival itself raises money and awareness for HIV research


    The Kanayama Shrine was once a popular place for prostitutes to pray for protection from sexually transmitted infections



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    Today, people visit the shrine to pray for everything from fertility and business prosperity to wedded bliss and good health


    • SHARE PICTUREGroups of locals carried three heavy phalluses modelled after a mikoshi portable shrine, which is commonly used in Shinto festivals




    Read more: Giant phalluses carried through Kawasaki City, Japan for Kanamara Matsuri festival | Daily Mail Online
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    That's pretty awesome.
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    Holy condoms, this looks so fun.

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    Ever feel like you are surrounded by a bunch of dicks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    Ever feel like you are surrounded by a bunch of dicks...
    no, but



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    with participants praying to a god of fertility, child birth and protection from sexually transmitted infections.
    They better pray to the gods of fertility: their birth rate is 208 out of 224 countries.

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    It's not a fertility issue. Married couples choose to not have children because, for one thing, most live in apartments and don't want to raise kids in a small living space. Unless, they're lucky to have parents who own a house and the young couple live there.

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    I really like dick so I'm terribly sad I missed this event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikmccall View Post
    It's not a fertility issue. Married couples choose to not have children because, for one thing, most live in apartments and don't want to raise kids in a small living space. Unless, they're lucky to have parents who own a house and the young couple live there.
    Thanks for the correction. I had conflated a cultural situation with fertility rate. Maybe they need to pray to the real estate and daycare gods?

    By the way, I have a Japanese SIL with a brother who still lives in Japan. He actually has three kids - which is almost like the Duggars by Japanese standards. Apparently, the Japanese government was giving financial incentives to families with children. But she said because of budget problems they withdrew the incentives about 5 years ago, leaving a lot of people in the lurch.

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    Plus, more Japanese women are choosing to not get married. If they can earn enough money to support themselves, they're less inclined to put up with a lot of the BS that goes along with marrying a Japanese man. (Not to generalize)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikmccall View Post
    Plus, more Japanese women are choosing to not get married. If they can earn enough money to support themselves, they're less inclined to put up with a lot of the BS that goes along with marrying a Japanese man. (Not to generalize)
    I've read that a lot of Japanese moms treat their sons like young princes, and that some of these guys spend all day in their rooms playing video games. They become maladjusted and definitely do not come across as good prospects for women. There was a coin termed by a Japanese sociologist - "parasitic singles" in reference to adult children living at home, not having their own children and not contributing much to the economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I've read that a lot of Japanese moms treat their sons like young princes, and that some of these guys spend all day in their rooms playing video games. They become maladjusted and definitely do not come across as good prospects for women. There was a coin termed by a Japanese sociologist - "parasitic singles" in reference to adult children living at home, not having their own children and not contributing much to the economy.
    My mother was Japanese and I have an older brother and that's exactly how she treated him.

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