There are many types of spring festivals and celebrations in the world, but perhaps none quite as ‘in your face’ as the bawdy rites of spring in Kawasaki, Japan.
The Kanamara Matsuri takes place in early spring. The penis is the event’s central theme. It is used as a symbol of fertility and appears just about everywhere, like drawings, foods, carvings, decorations and in mikoshi parades.
If the enthusiasm of the participants has any bearing on crop yield, they should have a bumper harvest this year.