We had no idea the Japanese were such big fans of the phallus. Apparently these gigantic penis floats were part of a parade in Kawasaki Japan yesterday that’s part of an ancient rite that marks the coming of Spring. Pop the hood for more wild and zany photos.
Thousands of people celebrate by traveling to the Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine, in Misaki, for the annual rites. The local priest blessed the three eye-catching phalluses – one 2-metre version lovingly sculpted out of black stone, the second a bright pink papier-mache version of the male organ and the last one a rather stumpy penis carved out of wood – before the parade through the neighbourhood began. In other towns across Japan, portable shrines known as “omikoshi” are carried shoulder high through the streets as a spring rite. In Misaki, the object or worship takes the form of a penis named “Kanamara-sama,” which translates roughly as “Big Iron Penis Lord.”
Interesting… Who knew that peen had anything to do with Spring???