Japan’s Celebration of Spring: Penis and Vagina Festivals

Posted on February 2, 2012

Dating back more than 1,500 years, Japan’s rites of spring are deeply rooted in its agricultural past.

As in all the world’s ancient cultures, such observances were believed to promote a successful harvest and produce many babies.

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It is ironic that Japan’s Penis and Vagina Festival is an annual event dating back to ancient times and today that nation has one of the world’s lowest birth rates.

The government hopes to ease the financial burden of child-rearing and encourage more children by offering a monthly stipend of $280 per child.

But these annual festivals, which attract many tourists and fill local coffers, offer more encouragement on a visceral level.

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There are several penis and vagina festivals held throughout Japan, but the most renowned takes place every March 15th at Komaki City’s Tagata Shrine.

In a desire to offend no one and include everybody, a neighboring village holds a vagina festival, which occurs a few days before.

The Hime-no-miya Grand Vagina Festival is a sacred rite involving prayer, food and celebration. Parents dress up their children, pray for healthy babies, and consume sake along with beer and many snacks.

An afternoon parade consists of 40 men carrying a massive vagina to the Ogata shrine, which is preceded by children bringing a small vagina to that same shrine in the morning.

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The penis festival draws more than 100,000 observers and involves a 90-minute procession with teams of men carrying a phallus carved from Japanese cypress that measures 2 X 6.5 feet in length. For the sake of the crowd, they stop to spin the giant penis around, cheering as they make their way strenuously up the path.

“This phallus parade is rooted in an ancient Japanese belief that for the growth and development of all things, the mother, earth, has to be impregnated by the father, heaven,” claims a brochure describing the unusual event.

No festival would be complete without comfort food and souvenirs.

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Vendors have a heyday at this festival, selling penis-and vagina-shaped candies and chocolate-covered bananas. Candles, wood penis sculptures and penis earrings are also very popular.

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Rites of spring abound in many cultures, but all are developed as a part of the specific society they represent.

In Japan, sexuality is expressed differently, despite the universal aspects of spring and fertility.

For example, it is illegal in Japan to produce vibrators that are anatomically correct

Thus, they all look like something else.

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In fact, nothing really is as it seems, no?

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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Srecko Miodrag
Srecko Miodrag

THE BEST PART OF PLAISIR FOR ONE NORMAL MEN AND WOMEN TO LIFE ON THIS EARTH IS SEX! TO BE PENIS IM VAGINA!