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Kanamara Penis festival (166 images)

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The Kanamara, iron Phallus matsuri has it roots in an Edo era legend about a penis eating demon that was tricked by a local monk into biting down on a steel phallus, The shrine has a long history of metal working: swords used to be made there and there is still a foundry in the grounds which is lit with sacred fire on the morning of the festival. It was also popular with the local prostitutes in the past and it is, more believably, supposed the festival grew from the hanami or cherry blossom...
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