Penis Festival

More Nihon nonsense! Today was the Kanamara festival in Kawasaki city, which basically involves a lot people parading a giant pink penis around the town. Otherwise known as the “big metal penis festival,” the event is traditionally a celebration of fertility. Among those in attendance were couples hoping for children, bemused locals, and a fair few transvestites.

You can read more about it at Japanzine

Below are some photos I took at the event a couple of years ago.

57 Responses to Penis Festival

  1. simaldeff says:

    I think that’s how … shameless a festival can humanly get IMHO … LMAO.
    Especially the couple riding the golden-penis-rocket, but I can soooooo see the big pink penis at the next gay-pride.

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  3. dragonlife says:

    I’m not surprised by the transvestites! Shizuoka City has the highest proportion of okama-bars per capita in Japan!

  4. Woeful says:

    That’s fantastic!

  5. konoka says:

    I like the lightning-bolt shapes!

  6. adds df says:

    what’s the fucking point of this? dumbasses

  7. kait says:

    cory, please have yourself castrated so you do not pass your stupidity on to your children.

    this is effing hilarious…im so ready to move to japan

  8. Leah says:

    Wow, cory and adds df… sounds like you two need to spend some more time in grade three. Do you still giggle when people say the word ‘penis’?
    I think it’s wonderful that the Japanese are able to celebrate fertility and penises in such a fun way! Too bad they don’t have a vagina festival though…

  9. Erin. says:

    what in the god damned hell? those japanese are CRAZY.

  10. Emily says:

    You guys are ignorant. Read a thing or two before you judge something. They’re obsessed with fertility over there. Penises=babies. baby Boys=penises=more babies.

  11. jihadjoe says:

    …only in Japan…
    actually we need a festival like that here in the US.

  12. desertgrace says:

    Hi! I lived in Japan for more than 10 years before relocating to the UAE last January — wow! that’s by far the most ridiculuous festival! heard about it a few times but haven’t really seen it! I will be reading more of your blog.

  13. Paul says:

    comment for pictures yeah

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  15. range says:

    That is crazy!

    Penis festival, only in Japan I guess. That would not happen in Taiwan for sure!

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  17. Markk says:

    I’m speechless. Nothing to say, whatsoever.

  18. John says:

    Wow !!!! Fantastic festival! :))))

  19. heather says:

    of course it would be in Asia. they always do wacky stuff.

  20. Oh, that’s awesome! Great site, btw. Thanks for the pics!

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  22. rayan says:

    je suis rayan de maroc ana nhab had chi

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  24. Kat says:

    I was there this year.. really awesome and fun!

  25. uzac says:

    DAMN COOL ,….

  26. Lo Ziorso™ says:


    auguri a tutte le coppie bella festa

    cio cio


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  28. Kathy says:

    there is a similar festival in Nagoya to pray for a good harvest, and for people wanting children. They carry a 20 ft penis made of redwood from the male shrine to the female shrine. It is really fun. The Japanese love to chase the gaijin with the smaller ones they carry. Anyone who thinks the Japanese do not have a sense of humor should go to it. Of course with a large barrel of sake as part of the procession, it really loosens up the paraders.

  29. Kathy says:

    Leah, part of the festival has dolls that have vaginas under their kimono. U can also buy candy shaped like vaginas and penises. I bought some and the next morning i awoke to discover my children, small at the time with the penis lollipops in their mouth. I almost died laughing

  30. roaf says:

    That festival in Nagoya sounds like “The Wicker man.”

  31. phostan says:

    that’s…amazing….interesting post… haha …

  32. AW says:

    To the comment way up there about Japanese people being obsessed with fertility. I live in Japan, these are the most infertile people on earth, by choice. The population is expected to plummet. They are only interested in continuing traditions.

    Back when people were interested in fertility, made a festival, and people continue it because its fun and penises are funny.

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  36. mahabir sehrawat says:

    that is a huge one wish i had a thing of that size, naturally japanese females want to feel it all over

  37. MOSE says:

    Hey, Do my friends the Japanese have those sizes? or …

  38. diana cidri says:

    I was mesmerized by the size of this penis. If possible, bring on my way so i can make my website happy, if you know what i mean!!!!!!

  39. diana cidri says:

    contact me please, for i haven’t seen such a thing in a very, very, looooog time!!!!, i hope the size does not mean i will have a giant. all jokes aside, i am curious how to get a hold of a penis party that is actually, methaforically speaking, in my backyard, tell the tiny details.

  40. Jocque says:

    That guy with the hard-on cock on his helmet (“Information”) gives new meaning to ‘dickhead’. What a riot! I think one of those vagina pops would be great to practice on, ohhh, uhhh, mmmm, damn, just wet all over me… ahhh

  41. Emre says:

    another question is why do they have this festival in the country which has the lowest avarage of penis sizes in the world 🙂

    I dont think you can make such a festival in Nigeria even if you pay for it 🙂

  42. jarrodanders says:

    hahaha wow this just proves how much we all need to move there every thing is so wierd and ferther more…I LOVE IT WOOOOOO!!!! 😛

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    Great festival!! love it so much.

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