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Japan bizarre festival that attracts a lot of tourists

Balita Ngayon | The festival is essentially a gathering of people with different phallus-shaped objects designed to raise awareness for HIV, but its roots are far darker.

Planning on heading over to Japan this spring? You might wanna check this out.

The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri festival looks like a normal street celebration until you see the giant pink penises.
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Not j­ust t­ha­t b­ut penis-shaped vegetables a­n­d lollipops, t­oo.

Today, the festival is essentially a gathering of people with different phallus-shaped objects designed to raise awareness for HIV, but its roots are far darker.
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Legend goe­s, according t­o t­h­e Island of Women b­y Bas­il Hall Chamberlain, t­ha­t a “jealous sharp-toothed demon hid inside the vagina of a young woman t­h­e demon fell in love with and bit off penises of two young men on their wedding nights.
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“After that the woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon’s teeth, which led to the enshrinement of the item.”
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Hundreds of years later, locals now carry a 280kg, 2.5m-long wooden penis to a shrine called Tagata Jinja.

All proceeds from the event go towards HIV research.
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It isn’t Japan’s only penis-loving parade. Honen Matsuri also takes to the streets in similar fashion, every spring, but in Komaki. Shinto priests play music while another 280kg, 2.5m-long wooden phallus is carried to Shinmei Sha.

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