Genitals, both primary and secondary, are quite amazing. Everyone knows that. In all the cultures. So we went to Kawasaki in Japan, to join the annual so called Kanamara Matsuri – the penis festival! And it was great! We arrived at the usually quite quiet and idyllic Kanayama shrine, near the local train station, but this time it was crowded with natives and tourists.
They played loud rock music and delivered a quite important speech, people sucked on pink and silver shining lollipops in penis and vagina shapes and they worshipped the steely phallus with a gigantic parade trough the brightly colored city, while they were carrying heavy private parts on wooden stretchers in their traditional costumes.
While Christine rode on huge log-built cocks, to turn on a group of elderly tourists with digital single lens reflex cameras in their hand, I flirted with some guy in a Sailor Moon costume and ended up drinking cold beer and eating some fried squid balls, while I was watching a tied monkey on the edge dancing around.
We almost feared that the festival would belie our expectations, because of the hype and the wild legends, but thanks to a gracious weather god and a bunch of happy people, the Kanamara Matsuri is a great experience for everyone who wants to pray for fertility, health and love – while sucking on a strawberry tasting cock. You can visit it on every first Sunday in April.
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