Ryan and his friendsExperience a traditional Japanese festival.3 out of a group of 4 Americans to visit Kawasaki to experience the "Kanamara Festival".
A penis as an object of worship, "Kanamara Festival" experience!
The staff don't even know about the festival!
4 Americans we've found at the airport are here to go see a festival. They're hesitant to explain about it, it's apparently a festival of a penis…which the staff aren't even aware.
This is going to be fun, we must follow them!
An emergency meeting.
The official name of the festival is "Kanamara Festival" and a penis is the central theme of the event. The ladies are starting to get a bit worried what the festival would be all about, and an emergency meeting is held!
Half of the 50,000 visitors are foreigners!
5 days later our staff receive a message from them asking if we are still interested in following them. Well, of course we are! We meet at Kawasakidaishi station but no ladies… This festival is so popular among foreigners, the half of 50,000 visitors are all foreigners!Kawasakidaishi station
1-18, Daishiekimae, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture
What is Kanamara Festival??
Kanamara Festival has continued from the Edo period to pray for fertility and family prosperity, safe delivery and genital diseases prevention. It is held every year on April 3rd at Kanayama Shrine where both Kanayamahikonokami and Kanayamamimenokami are enshrined. Some argue that the word "Kanayama", modified with a local accent, came to be pronounced as "Kanamara".
Awesome "Kanamara Festival" items!
Despite a cold rain, the shrine is packed with visitors. They've found some interesting "Kanamara Festival" items at street stalls and purchased a couple of caps (1,000 yean each) with the goshintai printed on them.
Candy-colored goshintai candles.
They are curious about what the candles are for but purchase one (500 yen each) anyway. Where are they going to put it though…?
Finding out the meaning of the festival.
The staff at one of the street stalls have taught them the meaning of the festival. It isn't something obscene, it is to pray for fertility and family prosperity and safe delivery. People parade along the streets with 3 portable shrines with goshintai on them. They are enjoying the festival walking along with them.
Experience a Japanese festival closely.
They look satisfied experiencing a Japanese festival respecting the tradition and have left the shrine looking all happy.Kanayama Shrine
2-13, Daishiekimae, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture