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Festival of the Steel Phallus

April 1, 2018

 

Every year, on the first Sunday of April, thousands of people line the streets of Kawasaki, Japan, south of Tokyo, to celebrate Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り), literally translated as the "Festival of the Steel Phallus."

 

Festival goers indulge in colorful penis-shaped food and memorabilia as portable shrines of three giant phalluses:
The black steel phallus, a brown wooden phallus and Elizabeth, a bright pink phallus after the transgender club that donated the giant sculpture, which is traditionally carried by people in drag.