The Festival of the Steel Phallus

Via The Cellar Image of the Day, here’s a gallery of photos (warning, giant penis statues ahead, your work safeness may vary) and a video from Kanamara Matsuri, the annual Festival of the Steel Phallus. From Wikipedia:

The Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus) is an annual Shinto fertility festival held in Kawasaki, Japan in spring. The exact dates vary, but the main festivities fall on a Sunday. The penis forms the central theme of the event that’s reflected everywhere; in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decoration, a parade of mikoshis, etc. etc.

The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine, once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Today, the festival is used to raise money for HIV research.

Hilarious. When’s the Festival of the Iron Vagina? Here’s another 142 photos on Flickr–that one comes courtesy of sachama.


  1. My friend, that sounds like a call for volunteers for the First Annual Vancouver International Festival of the Iron Vagina. Count me in.

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