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The Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus), takes place amidst large crowds at Wakamiya Hachiman-gu shrine in Kawasaki, Japan, on Sunday, Apr. 2nd 2006. The festival dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867) when the prostitutes of Kawasaki's prayed for good business, and for protection from syphilis. Now the festival offers people a place to pray for protection from all types of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
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- 2006 Japan, Kawasaki fertility festival