Japan Celebrates Cocks, Not Bunnies

While those in the West were celebrating the end of Passover and/or the resurrection of big J and/or cute bunnies over the weekend, the Japanese were honoring a giant phallus. This being Japan, it was pink. Sunday was the Kanamara Festival , an annual Japanese fertility fest.

The festival has been held since the 1600s to encourage fertility, “bring harmony to married couples,” and remind the world that Japan is cool. In recent years, it’s also been used as a platform AIDS awareness. The huge phallus you see above is actually a portable shrine. Festival participants also enjoyed penis-shaped candies and candles and rides on giant wooden cocks. Sounds eerily like a MePa bachelorette party.

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