These photos are somewhat NSFW
The Festival of the Steel Phallus (Kanamara Matsuri) is a big deal. Every year, more than 20,000 people head to Kawasaki, Japan to celebrate all things phallus. Festival goers dance and dabble into phallic candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a parade.
The festival is centered around a phallic-worshipping. It comes from the legend of a woman’s lady part which happened to have teeth and castrated two men on their wedding nights. The woman received help from a blacksmith who produced an iron phallus to break the teeth inside of the woman’s private area.
Sounds painful, gross right? Well, apparently it worked because the iron phallus was made into a shrine and since 1977, on the first Sunday of every year, thousands go to the festival to pay honor to it.
Yeah, it’s as shocking as it sounds…