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Kanagawa Prefecture's largest Awa Odori is held annually during the last weekend in July in this city of Yamato. Preview event near Yamato Station.
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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. Festival starts at 11 am. But a large crowd was already there well before that time. Entrance to shrine on the day of the Kanamara Festival. (If you're below age 18, please leave now.)
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Entrance to Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade 大師仲見世
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Panorama shot of festival siteYou can see the giant kite propped up.
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Panorama view of festival site.The site is on a baseball field, very dusty. The site is directly south and downstream from the Sagamihara kite festival site. It was a great idea to hold both kite festivals on the same days. We could see both in one day.
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Panorama of festival site.
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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. This event was started in 1988.
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Shrine banners and cherries in full bloomThe red banner says "Kanayama Jinja" with an phallus (erect) logo on the top.
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Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade leads to the temple
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Lean-to shade.
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There are five rows of streamers. In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.
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Pre-festival event held in the afternoon, Yamato Awa Odori
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Pumping (or humping) the...
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Lots of daruma shops
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Preparing the giant kite
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The cable length is 250 meters and 13mmm thick. There are about 1,200 carp streamers. They are reused every year and donated by local families. (I also noticed a few advertising carps.)
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The festival is wildly popular with people from overseas.The shrine had various phallus props to pose with.
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Daruma shop
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Rear view
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Yamato Station
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Dickhead hat. Actually, I don't know what they call it, but that's what I call it.
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Daruma
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Entertainment during Sagami Giant Kite Festival
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Corner rope work
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Balloons, souvenirs and trinkets sold near the train station.
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Carving daikon. Anybody can join in and carve. 大根削りLater to be auctioned off.
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Daruma and maneki neko
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Take off of a smaller kite
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Sagami River Koi-nobori
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Carving daikon (old photo). These men were really good at carving the daikon.I went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. These carved daikon look much more artistic (realistic) than the ones I saw in 2006.
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Candy shop, always banging the knife
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Moving the kite to launch point
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Do not enter signIn 2004, on a very windy day (almost typhoon strength), Zama's giant kite broke in the air and crashed to the ground onto spectators (who got hurt) on the side, right beyond the carp streamers in this picture. So from this year (2005), they have become very strict and cordoned off the area where the kite crashed.
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Carving daikon. Since some activities are conducted on the ground, the festival is also called Jibeta (Ground) Matsuri.I went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people.
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Main drag and shopping arcade called Yamato Chuo-dori大和中央通り
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Gate built in 1977. 大山門
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Ready and all clear
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Forging a steel phallus (old photo)The demon living in the vagina of the women bit the man's phallus each time. So one guy made a steel phallus and the demom broke his teeth.

I went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. They did not have this steel phallus making in 2006.
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Spectators wait for the parade to begin.
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Path to main worship hall 大本堂
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Take off of another smaller kite
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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.
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June 9, 2007. Hula dancers rush to Pukari Sanbashi Pier where the Hokule'a canoe is to dock. ぷかりさん橋
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The festival/parade starts before dark.
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Standing room only at Wakamiya Shrine
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂
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Lift off despite weak winds
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Kite pullers
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The longest carp is 10 meters.
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Ceiling
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A crowd of a few hundred on hand to greet Hokule'a's arrival.
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Packed path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine
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Incense burner
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Kitamura house brought from Hadano, Kanagawa
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People crowd the waterfront near Pukari Sanbashi Pier.
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Prayers to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine かなまら舟神輿 神輿御霊入れ式Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Hanamatsuri, Buddha's Birthday (April 8)
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And we have lift off!
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Along the river were food stalls.
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Kitamura house
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People crowd the waterfront near Pukari Sanbashi Pier.
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Prayers to the Kanamara-bune mikoshi かなまら舟神輿Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Hanamatsuri
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Successful flight
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Festival site
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Nihon Minkaen is an outdoor museum of traditional farm and merchant houses with thatched roofs. They have 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation.
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Hokule'a already in sight well before 11 am when it was scheduled to dock.
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The shrine's head priest transfers the deity to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) かなまら舟神輿Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Hanamatsuri, pouring sweet tea over the baby Buddha.
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Anchor
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TakoKites in the shape of an octopus is common because the Japanese word for kite is "tako" which is the same pronunciation for the word octopus in Japanese.
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Cable anchor
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Hokule'a and escort ship Kama Hele. What makes this canoe so special and famous is that it was used to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti (and many other places) without any modern navigational instruments.
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A representative of the shrine parishioners offer prayers.
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Serving sweet tea for free for all.
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Preparing the big one.
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Better than SagamiharaZama's kite apparently was lighter than Sagamihara's kite because it went up much higher under the same wind conditions.
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Guest kite from Yokaichi, Shiga PrefectureThis is a smaller version of their giant kite. Yokaichi (Higashi Omi) also holds a giant kite festival in May.
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Statistics
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They only referred to the sun, moon, the stars, and ocean waves to navigate through the vast Pacific Ocean or Polynesia. This is called celestial navigation. Extremely few people can do this, and the Hawaiians are learning this skill of long-ago.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Inside Dai-hondo main hall at Kawasaki Daishi 大本堂
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Ran out of roomThe kite pullers can only run so far (about 50 meters or so). After that, if the wind doesn't kick in, the kite falls back down.
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Yokaichi's anchor truck
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Thatched roof
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They wanted to prove that the original native Hawaiians were able to sail between Tahiti to Hawaii on purpose, and that they did not land on Hawaii by accident.
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Waving the sacred sakaki branch to bless all of us
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View from Dai-hondo
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Beautiful lavendar
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Water nozzles aimed at the house. No smoking.
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Hokule'a and Yokohama Bay Bridge in the background.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Fudo-mon Gate and Prayer and Peace Monument 不動門 「祈りと平和」の像「祈りと平和」の像
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Bamboo poles used to prop up the giant kite.
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Rope anchor
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Another launchThey fly the kite a few times during the festival days.
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One sail unraveled.
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Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿Before the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Octagonal 5-story pagoda 八角五重塔 (中興塔)
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Moving the giant kite to launch site
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Rope anchor
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Nearing Pukari Sanbashi Pier. The question was, which side of the pier would it dock? (Was going the other side so I rushed over to the other side.)
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Pubic hair not included. Perhaps that's why it doesn't look so obscene.
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Octagonal 5-story pagoda 八角五重塔 (中興塔)
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Entertaiment
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Hokule'a nears the dock.
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Mime act depicting a kite
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Elizabeth portable shrine was donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth Kaikan in Kameido, Tokyo.There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)1 comments
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Entrance to octagonal 5-story pagoda (Photos not allowed inside)It's a ferro-concrete building with no windows nor observation deck or balcony.
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Children's sumoZama had a variety of side events.
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Yamada house
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A rope is thrown to the dock from Hokule'a.
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A fool's dance.
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Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) was donated by a steel company. かなまら舟神There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Road marker related to Kobo Daishi
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Spectators watch along the side and rear.
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Disassembly
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Hokule'a arrives right on schedule at 11 am on June 9, 2007. Yokohama is its last stop.
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End of the parade route.
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Two of the portable shrines ready to go. In Japanese, the festival is nicknamed "Chinko Matsuri" (Phallus Festival) ちんこ祭り.There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Iroha Monument
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Zama's giant kiteSagamihara city is adjacent to Zama city which also held their own giant kite festival on the same day adjacent to Sagamihara's site. This is a launch of Zama's giant kite which soon went back to the ground due to inadequate winds.
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Hula dancers
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The main Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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遍路大師尊像Built in 1973 on Kobo Daishi's 1,200th anniversary of his birth.
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Ready and all clearThe site is cleared of people before the launch.
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Rope anchor
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Emukai house brought from Nanto, Toyama. In the gasshi-zukuri style with steep roof. Kawasaki Nihon Minkaen
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Conch shell blowers signal the canoe's arrival.
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Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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遍路大師尊像Built in 1973 on Kobo Daishi's 1,200th anniversary of his birth.
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Inadequate windsThe kite struggles to lift off.
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Pulling Hawaii's most famous canoe to dock.
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Yamato Awa OdoriHeld in late July, Kanagawa Pref.
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Ready for the procession
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Brief flightThe kite went back down almost immediately after hovering a few feet above ground.
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DisassemblyThe paper is actually large strips that can be removed and rolled up.
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Inside Emukai house
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Under overcast skies, Hokule'a docks.
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Chidori-ren troupeちどり連
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Taiko drummers in front of Wakamiya Hachimangu
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ちどり連
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine
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Escort ship (powered by a Yanmar engine) Kama Hele also docks soon afterward.
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Yamato Awa Odori
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Kanayama Shrine (right next to Wakamiya Hachimangu)Kanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of the bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.

Kanayama Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Kanayama Shrine was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1999 into a completely unorthodox building which you see here. Modeled after a blacksmith's workshop, it is now a black, eight-sided building with steel paneling. Notice the penis monument on the lower right.
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Koinobori carp streamers adorn Hokule'a. A great Japanese touch.
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Penis prayersThis penis monument (built in 1995 by a steel company) is next to Kanayama Shrine. This person praying is a Caucasian man, not a woman. I was aghast when he stood up and showed his manly face. His long blond hair made me think he was a woman...
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Licking it...Look at that tongue...
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Escort ship Kama Hele flying the Japanese, Hawaiian, and Yanmar flags at Yokohama.
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Riding it...Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing and both arms in the air, but I'm not one to embarass people...

It has been scientifically proven that sex is good for your health and beauty.
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Welcome banner from Yanmar
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Ooohhh, ecstasy...Nah, just joking. She was actually just embarassed and spontaneously covered her face with a giggle. Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing, but I'm not one to embarass people... Boy, I wish I took a video clip of this scene.

Actually, what happened is that a guy sat on this black penis before she did, and she saw that. So she imitated and sat on it too. Her female friend was taking her picture. Later they switched places and her friend, who was wearing a skirt and red net stockings, sat on it and posed for pictures.

Notice the zigzag white paper streamers. They indicate something which is sacred. So this penis is sacred, possessing a divine spirit. I can believe this because it draws so many people to it. It definitely has divine power. I mean it made this girl sit on it right?
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Toilet
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Crowd on the waterfront near the pier.
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Woman drummer
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Inside Kanayama Shrine 金山神社Kanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows (you can see it on the left of the fireplace above), so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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The museum park has 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation. Near Mukogaoka-yuen Station on the Odakyu Line. Closed Mon. Admission 500 yen.
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Hokule'a crew members
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Inside Kanayama ShrineKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Water mill
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The Royal Order of Kamehameha I take part in arrival ceremonies. 入港式
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Inside Kanayama Shrine
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Inside water mill
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Hokule'a arrival ceremonies
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Painting inside Kanayama Shrine
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Hydrangea
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Captain Bruce Blankenfeld places a lei on the bow.
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