• Apparently size does matter. An impressively large pink penis sculpture features in Japan's Kanamara Matsuri 'phallus' Festival 2016 (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Japan's famous Kanamara Matsuri Festival celebrates the male reproductive organ.
By
Sophie Verass

5 Apr 2016 - 3:19 PM  UPDATED 5 Apr 2016 - 3:19 PM

It’s the festival which makes raunchy Hen-Dos look tame. Japan’s annual Kanamara Matsuri ‘Steel Phallus’ Festival in Kawasaki, Japan is a whole lot more than a dozen plastic penis-shaped straws.

The streets of Kawaski, Japan were bustling with locals, tourists and those who love a good willy-gag last weekend, and were armed with penis-shaped lollies, fruits and vegetables, costumes, illustrations and other phallic merchandiseto wave around and take selfies with.

The festival’s inception goes back to an old Japanese legend where it’s said that a demon possessed a young woman after she refused its advances. Angry, the evil spirit wanted no other man to ‘have her’ and cursed her vagina, giving it fang-like teeth. When the woman would have intercourse, the teeth in her demonic VJ would castrate men, leaving her incredibly lonely and too many men painfully penis-less. A blacksmith soon came to save the day by making a penis of steel … a ‘steel phallus’, if you will. This metal cock broke the jaws of the savage vagina and Oh My Penis! the spell was broken.

Historically, female sex workers would pray to the resurrected erection for protection from STIs, namely syphilis, and the festival continues to identify with sexual health. Many of the penis shaped edibles sold at Kanamara Matsuri goes to HIV/AIDS research, such as lollypops, ice-creams and even deep fried appendages on sticks.

Here are some highlights from this year's penis fest...