The Festival of the Steel Phallus: Kawasaki, Japan

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Date(s) - 04/04/2021
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Kanamara Matsuri festival is centered on a local penis-venerating shrine. The legend is that a jealous sharp-toothed demon hid inside the vagina of a young woman whom the demon fell in love with and bit off penises of two young men on their wedding nights.  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. This legend in Ainu language was published as “The Island of Women” by Basil Hall Chamberlain

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