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The bottom of the woman figurine. Naughty, naughty...3591 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises.3492 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises. Tagata Shrine Honen Festival3064 views
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Wood carvings. Also see the video at YouTube.2643 views
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Sake flask2413 views
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Old wooden phallus offered at Okunomiya Hall. More photos of Tagata Shrine here.2392 views
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Lollipops2230 views
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The phallus is a symbol for themes of fertility.2115 views
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Nose job1925 viewsI didn't see this among the souvenirs being sold. Wonder where he got it.
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The second portable shrine and main attraction. It is 2.5 meters (13 feet) long, 60 cm diameter, and weighs about 300 kg. It takes 10 days to carve it from a cypress log.1807 views
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Procession maidens pose with the giant penis. The giant phallus was then partially hidden by the portable shrine as it is today. But this made the phallus become larger to 2.5 meters, as if to compensate for this partial shielding.1570 views
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Senbei crackers1554 views
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Demure-looking woman figurine looks deceiving until you look at the bottom...1462 views
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Maiden poses with the giant penis. In the past, the phallus was attached to a straw effigy of a warrior, but it was deemed too raunchy and discontinued.1413 views
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People line up to rub the sacred balls. Penis rock in the foreground.1402 views
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Banner with ukiyoe shunga-style painting of a penis.1258 views
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It might look light brown here, but it looks more pinkish. It is carved in winter from a hinoki cypress tree by a master artisan wearing ceremonially-purified clothing and using traditional tools.1249 views
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Palanquin maidens.1208 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests.1123 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the penis procession. Tagata Shrine Honen Matsuri1101 views
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Gozensai prayer ceremony before the start of the procession.1099 views
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Sacred Balls. Put in money and rub the left and right ball for family safety, business prosperity, safe childbirth, etc. 珍宝窟1039 views
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Pregnant women also attend the festival. As well as mothers with a young baby coming to give thanks.1037 views
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Way to Tagata Shrine from Tagata Jinja-mae Station. Shrine famous for numerous phallic objects used as offerings to the gods. The 1500-year-old shrine worships a deity called Tamahime-no-Mikoto who was a daughter of a powerful local lord from the 5th c.1010 viewsThe Honen-sai or Honen (Hounen) Matsuri is held by Tagata Jinja on March 15 to pray for an abundant harvest. "Honen" literally means "Year of abudant harvest." Since a giant penis is used as an offering, it is popularly called the "penis festival."

The shrine is near Tagata Jinja-mae Station on the Meitetsu Railways' Komaki Line. From Shin-Nagoya Station or Shin-Gifu Station, go to Inuyama Station and transfer to the Komaki Line.
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The usual penis souvenirs on sale.937 views
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Many foreigners also join in the fun. The giant phallus was originally about 1 meter long and paraded by itself by 4-5 people with no portable shrine shelter.920 views
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Various entertainment is staged within Tagata Shrine up until the procession starts at 2 pm.913 views
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Breaking the sake barrel892 views
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The giant phallus is called "O-owasegata." It is an offering, and not a deity nor object of worship. Tagata Shrine Honen Festival. A total of 60 men take turns carrying the giant phallus portable shrine. 大男茎形882 views
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Another mikoshi with a wooden penis. For a good harvest.880 views
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The short prayer ceremony ends.880 views
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Front view. A new giant, wooden phallus is carved every year since newly-made objects are considered to have more purity and vitality.873 views
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Lots of people pose with the giant penis. Amid hordes of amateur photographers860 views
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Women spectators touch the penis for good fortune and to become fertile perhaps?856 views
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Conch shell809 views
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Inside Kumano Shrine. Notice the wooden penises on lower left.796 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. Honen-sai Festival, Tagata Shrine Honen Festival.791 views
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Sake787 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the procession.773 views
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Festival spectators come by the busload, including people from US military bases such as Yokota.742 views
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Ema votive tablet with giant penis portable shrine. 500 yen.734 views
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Torii gate to Kumano-sha Shrine.731 views
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Mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers gather in front of Kumano Shrine.715 views
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Kumano-sha Shrine, the starting point of the procession or "Penis Parade." 熊野社710 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.705 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto who was a local prince married to Tamahime which Tagata Shrine worships.679 views
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The second mikoshi features the giant penis carried by 12 men at a time, all of whom are age 42, considered to be an unlucky age (yakudoshi) for men. They seek protection by carrying the phallus.676 views
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Schedule of events and procession route. In odd-numbered years (like 2007), the procession starts from nearby Kumano-sha Shrine. In even-numbered years, the procession starts from Shinmei-sha Shrine.669 views
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Musical clock663 views
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Sake flows freely.662 views
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Entering Tagata Shrine, dedicated to Tamahime-no-Mikoto (daughter of a local feudal lord) and Mitoshi-no-Kami (deity of harvests).628 views
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto617 views1 comments
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Maidens who are 36 years old, carry wooden penises for protection during their "unlucky age" (yakudoshi).568 views
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The giant phallus by itself weighs about 280 kg (620 lbs.). The total weight of both the phallus and portable shrine housing is 400 kg (885 lbs.).564 views
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People waiting for the procession along the shrine steps. (Not a good place to watch the procession.)562 views
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Men in happi coats which read "Honen Matsuri." Honen literally means "year of abundant harvest."543 views
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.521 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.520 views
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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.497 views
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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.489 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.470 views
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Nagoya Castle tower, reconstructed in 1959 with ferro-concrete. It houses a museum. The top floor has a lookout deck with fine views. 天守閣469 views
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.461 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.450 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.449 views
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A large crowd tries to catch numerous mochi which are hard and can be dangerous if it hits you on the face or head. To avoid injury, do not look down and don't try to pick up mochi on the ground. You can get trampled, and most injuries occur this way.447 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."447 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.438 viewsFirst believed to protect the building from disasters, but later served as the symbol of the castle lord's authority. The original pair was destroyed along with the castle tower during WWII, but they were remade in 1959 along with the castle tower. Later, they were recoated with gold. They gleam very well on sunny days. The male fish is on the right (north), and female (south) on the left.
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The first mikoshi is for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto coming to visit his wife of Tamahime at Tagata Shrine, where Tamahime's residence was located.435 views
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.428 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.416 views
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Okazaki Castle tower411 viewsThe castle was dismantled during the Meiji Period and the area was made into a castle park. The castle tower was later rebuilt in 1959.
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests407 views
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A group of men carry a red and white pole in front of Inazawa Station, on their way to Konomiya Shrine.403 views
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At 4 pm, the festival's final event is the mochi-nage or rice-cake tossing. First, they warn eveyone that the shrine won't be liable for any injury you might incur from this. And the elderly and children should avoid this mochi-nage.402 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)398 views
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto397 views
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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.390 views
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.389 views
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Carried by men singing kiyari laborers' songs, the smaller wooden phallus also goes to enter the shrine's main hall.387 views
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Next is a palanquin (not mikoshi) for the Toshi-gami deity of harvests. 御歳神377 views
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Giant phallus makes its way to the shrine.375 views
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By this time, all the men are filled with sake and gregarious.374 views
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Where the penis goes, the crowd follows.367 views
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Gaijin girls had an easy time attracting men who happily tried to converse in English and bestow cloth strips.357 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.355 views
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Penetration successful. This is 3:30 pm.351 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami344 views
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They spin around the phallus.343 views
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The standard-bearer with a banner of shunga-style penis painting.343 views
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Not sure what this is.331 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto329 views
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Salt sprinkler heads the procession to purify the way.324 views
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My video of Masumida Shrine on New Year's Day 2011, Ichinomiya, Aichi.324 views
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The route is short, but it's a slow procession with many short breaks. The procession lasts 1.5 hours.323 views
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Branches of the sacred sakaki tree.319 views
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Drum319 views
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Sake cart314 views
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Yoshida Castle turret308 views
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The first half of the route is quite narrow.308 views
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I always visit a different shrine on New Year's Day, so for 2009, I visited Atsuta Jingu Shrine in Nagoya. JR Atsuta Station on the Tokaido Line is one train station near Atsuta Jingu Shrine. JR熱田駅306 views
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Votice tablets written with people's wishes for love, sex, and babies.305 views
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The giant penis also arrives at the shrine as it spins around behind the289 views
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Tagata Shrine grounds during the Honen Festival.289 views
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Tagata Jinja banners.288 views
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It was a pretty cold day, and these men were drinking all afternoon.282 views
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Finally on the main road to Tagata Shrine. Half the road is blocked off for the procession.282 views
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Near the station is Nagoya City Hall (Shiyakusho) which also sports a castle motif.281 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station279 views
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Inuyama Castle tower278 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto278 views
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On the 5th floor is a model of shachihoko that you can touch and sit on for pictures.276 views
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Konomiya Shrine holds the Hadaka (Naked or Nude) Festival in early March, or Jan. 13 of the lunar calendar. Men in loincloths parade around the streets until they reach the shrine.276 viewsA Sacred Man (Shin-otoko) also appears in the shrine and the men try to touch him before he slips into the shrine's window. The festival's real name is Naoi-shinji 儺追神事 which is a rite to dispel bad luck. Photo: Nearest station is JR Inazawa Station on the Tokaido Line. 稲沢駅
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Closeup of castle tower, with shachihoko on top. Nagoya Castle is famous for its golden pair of shachihoko roof ornaments. During the Aichi Expo in 2005, they were taken down for public display. 天守閣274 views
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Kiso River with Inuyama Castle in the distance271 views
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On the main road.271 views
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.269 views
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Entrance to Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.268 views
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The giant phallus in front Tagata Shrine's Honden main hall.268 views
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Inuyama Castle roof261 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto enters the Honden main hall.259 views
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Salt sprinkler enters first.258 views
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Torii on Takeshima island257 views
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Sometimes a man from the window jumps into the crowd to grab and take in the Sacred Man.256 views
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Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure. Built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, one of the greatest tea ceremony masters and younger brother of warlord Oda Nobunaga.253 viewsJo-an is one of Japan's three most famous tea ceremony houses. 如庵
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.253 views
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Best-looking phallic rock.252 views
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Takeshima island251 views
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Oku-no-miya Shrine also has many other phallic objects presented as offerings. There even one which you can touch...251 views
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Nagoya Castle, Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓250 views
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Inside Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure249 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko 神男:加藤 典彦248 views
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They zig-zag along the street, and they are filled with sake.243 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. 女性器をかたどった石241 views
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Pointer to Expo shuttle train at Nagoya Station.241 views
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Phallic fence posts.237 views
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Gaijin talking to gaijin. Sounded Australian. English teacher at junior high.234 views
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Maybe this is the Sacred Man being pulled into the window.230 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko, from Ichinomiya 神男:加藤 典彦227 views
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View of Kiso River224 views
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Kiyomasa depicted as the rock hauling director. When building the castle, many men had to push and pull large rocks into place. On top of a large boulder, a man would shout and direct the men to move.217 views
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Phallic souvenirs.212 views
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Inside castle tower208 viewsThe castle tower is a history museum.
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Inside tea ceremony house205 views
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Sanko Inari Shrine202 viewsThe shrine provides a short cut to the castle.
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Tagata Jinja-mae Station on Meitetsu Railways' Komaki Line, a few stops from Inuyama Station. The shrine is a 10 min. walk from the train station.200 views
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Haritsuna Shrine196 views
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They get pretty crazy, getting more water.195 views
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Phallic objects194 views
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Note that the phallus is not the object of worship. It is an offering to the god.193 views
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Cloth strips (100 yen each) to ward off bad luck 厄除けの ”なおいぎれ” 初穂料 1本 100円192 views
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Inuyama International Sightseeing Center "Freude"191 views
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Gift shop on top floor190 views
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Worst-looking phallic rock. That's stretching the imagination a little too much.190 views
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Tagata Shrine Honden main hall. Komaki, Aichi Pref.183 views
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Female and male rocks.183 views
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Nagoya Station's twin towers in the distance.182 views
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The Sacred Man struggles to reach the small window.182 views
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Every once in a while, they raise their pole.181 views
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Kiyosu Castle, Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga moved to Kiyosu Castle from Nagoya Castle in 1555. From Kiyosu Castle, he went to defeat the Imagawa at the Battle of Okehazama.181 views
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Southeast corner turret (Important Cultural Property)180 views東南隅櫓
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My bowl of matcha green tea. After we consumed the tea, we just left. The shrines also has many other buildings, but it was too crowded for me to see them all this day. I was too tired walk around more.175 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station172 views
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Stones and Oku-no-miya Shrine172 views
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Closeup of giant mochi. Solid as a rock.171 views
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Numerous groups of near-naked men (no women) proceed to the shrine all afternoon.170 views
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Put in money and it will make a "chin" sound. (From the word "chinpo" for penis.)170 views
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Bridge to Takeshima island169 views
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Female Rock169 views
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On the straight road from Inazawa Station to Konomiya Shrine.168 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner disguising the female organ.167 views
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As you walk toward the castle entrance, you see this Sotobori outer moat.166 views
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Some of the men tear off strips from their handband and give them to bystanders.165 views
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When the Sacred Man enters the window, everyone cheers.164 views
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Tree surrounded with cloth strips called Naoi-gire164 views
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Entrance to Urakuen Garden162 viewsThis garden has a few tea houses including one called Jo-an, a National Treasure. THe garden is close to Inuyama Castle and worth a visit. Admission 1,000 yen.

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This photo was taken in 2006, showing an empty lot where the Hommaru Goten Palace is being reconstructed now.162 views
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Oku-no-miya Shrine. Look carefully and you can see what's inside. 奥宮162 views
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Giant kagami mochi, rice cake in the Haiden Hall. Over 2 meters tall and over 2 meters diameter. Weighs 4 tons. They are to be cut into small pieces (with a chain saw) and given away the next morning.161 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. Not a good likeness...「姫石」(陰石)161 views
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.161 views
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Monkeys160 views
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Phallic rock. There are several phallic rocks donated by various people. Apparently they are either natural or carved.160 views
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Southeast corner turret (Important Cultural Property). Also called the Tatsumi Yagura turret. It has bay windows to drop stones. 辰巳櫓 東南隅櫓158 views
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The shrine maidens came around to serve the tea and sweet.156 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner depicting Hime-no-miya154 views
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Place to rub the sacred balls. 珍宝窟153 views
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Votice tablet with illustration of the Honen Festival.153 views
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More female rocks.152 views
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My bicycle somewhere in Gamagori.151 views
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Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓149 views
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The men in the window give directions to the Sacred Man.149 views
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Picture taken in 2006. 天守閣148 views
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Wisteria147 views
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The festival is over.147 views
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Dry moat on east side of castle.146 views
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Rub the two balls.145 views
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Tagata Shrine banners. Also see Honen Festival photos here.145 views
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JR Kiyosu Station platform. Note that only the local (kaku-eki) trains stop at Kiyosu Station. The kaisoku express trains don't stop at Kiyosu.145 views
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All the men want to touch the Sacred Man, believing that it will dispel bad luck.144 views
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A sweet confection to eat with the matcha tea.142 views
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Road to Inuyama Castle141 views
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Rabbit Island141 views
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Konomiya Shrine torii and the long path to the shrine is lined with a large crowd.141 views
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The inner path to the shrine gets more crowded.141 views
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Inuyama Castle140 viewsNational Treasure
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This is the small window the Sacred Man has to enter. It has a sprinkler system.140 views
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There it is. The female rock. 女性器をかたどった石139 views
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JR Gamagori Station. In the foreground is my bicycle.138 views
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Road to Ooagata (Oagata) Shrine, famous for worshipping a rock shaped like the female sexual organ. It also holds the Honen Matsuri for a good harvest and fertility on the Sunday before March 15. 大県神社137 viewsThe shrine is the female counterpart to Tagata Shrine which worships the phallus in neighboring Komaki. The shrine is also noted for weeping plum blossoms.
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Bridge to caslte136 views
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Zig-zag to the shrine136 views
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Bridge and azaleas135 views
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The window where the Sacred Man entered.135 views
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Northwest corner turret. Also called the Inui or Kiyosu Turret. Very photogenic with the wide moat in front. 戌亥櫓(いぬいやぐら)、清洲櫓、西北隅櫓134 views
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Tagata Shrine torii and entrance 田縣神社133 views
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Kiyosu Castle as seen from the train on the Tokaido Line going to Nagoya.132 views
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