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The Kanamara Matsuri ( Festival of the Steel Phallus) , takes place in Kawasaki Daishi, near Tokyo, Japan on Sunday 1st April 2012..The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri ( "Festival of the Steel Phallus"?) is held each spring at the Kanayama shrine () in Kawasaki, Japan. The exact dates vary: the main festivities fall on the first Sunday in April. The penis, as the central theme of the event is reflected in illustrations, candy, carved vegetables, decorations, and a mikoshi parade..The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. It is said that there are also divine protections for business prosperity and for the clan's prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony. There is also a legend of a sharp-toothed demon(vagina dentata) that hid inside the vagina of a young woman and castrated two young men on their wedding nights. As a result, the young woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon's teeth, which lead to the enshrinement of the item..Today, the festival has become something of a tourist attraction and is used to raise money for HIV research.
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