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I went with my husband for the Kanamara Matsuri festival. I teach religious studies so I attended for educational purposes. It is packed with tourists - not good ones, the ones that make you cringe. The majority of non-Japanese visitors treated the entire thing like...More
Go for the comic relief and plan to spend about 5 minutes. I was hoping for some gag souvenirs to take home to friends but this little shrine is unattended and it being right next to an elementary school actually makes it pretty creepy...
Having wasted hours in the rain the other day at the big Kanamara, AKA Penis Festival, I can honestly say it was a complete waste of time. Now if you like being around obnoxious non-Japanese being loud and drunk and acting like 7th graders, pushing,...More
The Kanayama-jinja Shrine is small Shinto shrine dedicated to an iron phallus. There is a famous festival held in Kawasaki on the first Sunday of April dedicated to all things phallic but otherwise it is very quiet, almost neglected.
The shrine is close to the...More