Believe it or not, but there’s a Japanese penis festival held yearly in April. Unlike the Chinese breast touching festival that has been proven to be a fallacy, this one really does exits. Lets learn about this one day event of penis envy.
Many people, both men and women, are often accused of having a penis envy. In a mans case it’s either over self indulgence, or a focus on other men’s members size. In the case of women, they can be accused of acting like sluts, and only wanting a mans willy. But thankfully this unusual carnival in Japan, while focused on the male appendage, has not that much do with an unusual fetish of that particular body part.
The Japanese penis festival is known as the Kanamara Matsuri, which translates into Festival of the Steel Phallus. It’s a one day event that is held on the first Sunday in April every year in Kawasaki. The main focus of the festivities is of course, the phallus. There are penis shaped candy, fruit and vegetables, decorations and illustrations. There’s even a penis procession! The festival used today mainly as a tourist attraction that helps raise money for HIV research. But what’s its history?
The history of the Japanese penis festival
The festivities are centered around a penis venerated shrine. The history of the Japanese penis festival in Kawasaki is mixed. There’s one belief that it will provide divine protection not only for the clan, but also their business. It’s also said to provide married couples with wedded bliss and easy delivery during birth.
It also has some history in prostitution. Prostitutes used to go to the shrine to pray for protection from STI’s. But there’s also a legend that would make most men cringe.
One legend about the phallus festival is that of a sharp toothed demon that hides in young women’s vagina’s. This demon will castrate young men on their wedding night. OK, I’ll admit that that’s rather disturbing. But the solution was a steel phallus. The women would use a steel phallus to break the teeth of the demon and save the gonads of the young husband.
But this penis festival isn’t the only one in Japan. There’s a similar one held annually on March 15 in the town of Komaki, just north of Nagoya city. This festival is known as the Hōnen Matsuri, and it’s aceremony for a good harvest and prosperity.