Every year on March 15th, one of the two japanese penis festivals takes place in the town of Komaki, just north of Nagoya. The other, even more famous festival, takes place on the 7th April in Kawasaki.

Thousands of people have flocked to the festival this year to join the celebration which consist of eating various penis shaped snacks and carrying a giant 400 kg wooden penis through town.


Hōnen Matsuri (豊年祭, “Harvest Festival”) is a fertility festival celebrated every year on March 15 in JapanHōnen means prosperous year in Japanese, implying a rich harvest, while a matsuri is a festival. The Hōnen festival and ceremony celebrate the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility.


The festival starts with celebration and preparation at 10:00 a.m. at Tagata Jinja, where all sorts of foods and souvenirs (mostly phallus-shaped or related) are sold. Sake is also passed out freely from large wooden barrels. At about 2:00 p.m. everyone gathers at Shinmei Sha for the start of the procession. Shinto priests say prayers and impart blessings on the participants and mikoshi, as well as on the large wooden phallus, which are to be carried along the parade route.

Sake is distributed free of charge during the whole day and according to Japan`s tourist board, there has never been any kind of incident recorded at the festival.

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