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Kanamara Matsuri

(Festival of the Steel Phallus) On the first Sunday of April each year,a festival is held at the Kanamara Shrine in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Tokyo. It’s known as the Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus.

The festival dates back to the Edo period(1603-1867), when prostitutes would visit the shrine to pray for good business and protection from syphillis. At this time of year they would carry an image of the shrine’s phallus around the streets.

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