It’s not that the Japanese have gone crazy. And yes, that you see is a giant pink penis. It is the so-called procession of the penis and instead of a passage of Jesus Christ on the cross, we find a big pink penis that comes and goes all over the city of Kawasakiin Japan.
But although it may seem crazy, the truth is that it has been celebrated for a long time and has a less fun meaning than it may seem to us. For them it is something solemn and we are going to tell you all the details.
The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri, a festival dedicated to playing
It is celebrated on the first Sunday of April and is called Shinto Kanamara Matsuri. Is a festival dedicated to reproduction that on this occasion pays homage to the male genitalia and fertility. And although it seems like something of a joke in Asian culture, they take it very seriously.
penises in every possible way and sizes circulate that day in the Japanese city of Kawasaki to celebrate fertility and honor the male genital organs. The celebration goes back a long way, specifically from the Edo period (March 1603 to May 1868), when prostitutes prayed to the gods in the Kanayama temple to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.
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In addition to the phallus-shaped step and the fact that hundreds of people follow behind as they would in Seville, the rite includes people eating phallic-shaped lollipops, sweets and objects that are sold for the occasion.
We might think that it is just an ode to the penis, but the truth is that it has a good cause behind it: raise funds in the fight against HIV and other STDs.
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