"If You Like Genetalia, You'll Like Komaki" Komaki by AKtravelers
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Komaki, in Aichi Prefecture northeast of Nagoya, is famous for the Togata Shrine and the yearly fertility festival (held 15 March) that entails parading a 13-foot long, 600-pound p e n i s made of Japanese cypress for 1 mile. At the end, the *** is thrust into the Tagata Shrine's main building, to the unrestained delight of of the people. The religious purpose of this 1500-year-old ritual is to ask the gods for a productive growing season, but there's no doubt that the festival continues due to its economic impact, as thousands of people -- mostly Japanese but many from around the world -- come to this small town for the festivities.
The people that are a part of the festival celebrate with lots of abandon and sake. It is not a place for the prudish! It's considered to be an honor to be one of the women chosen to carry 3-foot- phalluses at the beginning of the procession -- only 36-year-old women are chosen because that's a year of bad luck for Japanese females. THe same is true for the men who get to carry that matsuri -- they are all 42 (interesting how the age of bad luck corresponds neatly with each gender's mid-life crisis!). Additionally, women sem to love mugging for the camera in front of any and all p e n i s-shaped objects that are part of the festivities! Luckily for them, there's a cadre of dirty old men dressed up in official-looking costumes that are zealously willing to oblige!
It wouldn't be a festival in Japan without street food and sake, and the fertility festival was full of specially-shaped food for the occasion. Try p e n i s shaped candied bananas and vagina-shaped lollipops! Of course, there are also huge hot dogs, zucchini and other erotic foods there, too! And the Japanese people were not self-conscious at all about consuming these items in public -- no more so than we would be eating a candy cane during December! There's even no problems with kids buying some -- they just ask mom for the yen!
After the 600-pound phallus has safely penetrated the shrine, the crowd turns its attention to scaffolding where, at 4... more travel advice
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