Festival Of The Steel Phallus Draws Crowds In Kawasaki

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Phallic-shaped candles are on sale as souvenirs in the grounds of... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Candle,Celebration,Grounds,Holiday - Event,Human Interest,Japan,Kawasaki - Kanagawa Prefecture,Offbeat,Penis,Phallus Shaped,Religious Celebration,Representing,Sale,Shinto,Shinto Shrine,Shrine,Souvenir,Tokyo - Japan,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Jeremy Sutton-HibbertKAWASAKI, TOKYO - APRIL 01: Phallic-shaped candles are on sale as souvenirs in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu shinto shrine, during festivities for the Kanamara festival (Festival of the Steel Phallus) on April 1, 2012 in Kawasaki, Japan. The Shinto Kanamara festival is held each spring at the Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine. The central theme of the event, the phallus, is venerated in floats, with its icon produced as candies, carved vegetables decorations and shrines, partaken throughout the event. The festival is now a popular tourist attraction, the festival originated from prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)