A Celebration of fertility in Japan
A celebration of fertility in Japan is one of the most interesting and distinctive event. On the first Sunday of April in many Shinto shrines, various activities are held on this occasion, the main of which is usually a parade with mikoshi (portable sanctuary) in which there is a huge wooden phallus. Ralph Mirebs made a delicious review of one of these holidays this year with wonderful photos.
From its very beginning, in many countries, there was a cult of sexual organs as symbols of fertility and offspring. Do not avoid it, and Japanese Shinto, and in the modern era the theme of the phallus, unlike Europe, is devoid of any vulgarity and perceived by the Japanese as a natural thing. Throughout the country are scattered many temples in which the worship of the male or female organs, not covertly, but rather with the organization of mass festivals that draw thousands of people. One of such temples under the name Kanayama, is not so near our station, in the town of Kawasaki Daishi. According to history, the temple was built in the Edo period, on donations of prostitutes, pleading to cure venereal diseases. Central to it is Canamara or Iron phallus. According to the legend, in the old days in women’s body was possessed by a demon who bit off the phallus of the young men. Women had sought help from a blacksmith who forged the iron phallus, which the demon had broken teeth and no longer bothering residents. Therefore, part of the temple imitates the interior of a forge, and next to the statue of phallus adjacent the anvil. The festival is held on the first Sunday of April and gathers a significant number of people of whom more than a third of the foreigners who came to see the wonder.
On the temple grounds unfold stalls selling a variety of phallic products – candy in the form of the penis, keychains, wooden figurines.
Next workshops on carving a phallus out of radishes for everyone.
Girls and guys are foreigners happy to pose sweet licking penises, wear some rubber options on the noses and heads.
Followed by the first micosi – the largest in the form of a ship. It carried more than twenty people dressed in traditional festivals such clothes – belted capes and white tabi socks.
The second mikosi has a huge pink phallus, covered with traditional white paper strips. It is much easier first, and bear his women dressed as men, possibly a shemale or gay.
The third mikoshi looks like a house with a phallus inside. Mikoshi from all sides surrounded by people, so it seems that he is floating over their heads, swaying slightly. Sometimes the balance shifts to the side and then bearing slightly blows to the side.
And this long-eared directing traffic (or traffic controller) traffic on a quite formal basis. What would have happened if this had came out on the streets of Moscow? Indeed, Japan is a very tolerant country where you can stand out from the crowd without any fear of being beaten tomashvili inadequate. Russia, with its Homo, RASO and other phobias still so far to this…