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The bottom of the woman figurine. Naughty, naughty...3632 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises.3538 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises. Tagata Shrine Honen Festival3125 views
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Wood carvings. Also see the video at YouTube.2685 views
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Sake flask2452 views
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Old wooden phallus offered at Okunomiya Hall. More photos of Tagata Shrine here.2433 views
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Lollipops2267 views
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The phallus is a symbol for themes of fertility.2156 views
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Nose job1966 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.1845 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.1626 views
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Senbei crackers1590 views
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Demure-looking woman figurine looks deceiving until you look at the bottom...1498 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.1451 views
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People line up to rub the sacred balls. Penis rock in the foreground.1439 views
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Banner with ukiyoe shunga-style painting of a penis.1300 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.1286 views
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Palanquin maidens.1248 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests.1163 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the penis procession. Tagata Shrine Honen Matsuri1152 views
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Gozensai prayer ceremony before the start of the procession.1136 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1076 views
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Pregnant women also attend the festival. As well as mothers with a young baby coming to give thanks.1073 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.1043 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.959 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.945 views
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Various entertainment is staged within Tagata Shrine up until the procession starts at 2 pm.935 views
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Breaking the sake barrel915 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907 views
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Another mikoshi with a wooden penis. For a good harvest.906 views
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The short prayer ceremony ends.903 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.897 views
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Lots of people pose with the giant penis. Amid hordes of amateur photographers884 views
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Women spectators touch the penis for good fortune and to become fertile perhaps?881 views
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Conch shell830 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. Honen-sai Festival, Tagata Shrine Honen Festival.830 views
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Inside Kumano Shrine. Notice the wooden penises on lower left.817 views
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Sake812 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the procession.798 views
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Festival spectators come by the busload, including people from US military bases such as Yokota.764 views
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Ema votive tablet with giant penis portable shrine. 500 yen.754 views
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Torii gate to Kumano-sha Shrine.752 views
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Mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers gather in front of Kumano Shrine.739 views
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Kumano-sha Shrine, the starting point of the procession or "Penis Parade." 熊野社733 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.730 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto who was a local prince married to Tamahime which Tagata Shrine worships.702 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.700 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.693 views
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Sake flows freely.685 views
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Musical clock673 views
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto659 views1 comments
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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).650 views
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Maidens who are 36 years old, carry wooden penises for protection during their "unlucky age" (yakudoshi).591 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.).587 views
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People waiting for the procession along the shrine steps. (Not a good place to watch the procession.)585 views
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Men in happi coats which read "Honen Matsuri." Honen literally means "year of abundant harvest."566 views
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.544 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.543 views
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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.517 views
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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.513 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.494 views
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Reconstructed in 1959 in ferro-concrete, Nagoya Castle's main tenshu tower has closed on May 6, 2018 to start its monumental reconstruction. 天守閣490 viewsThis main tower used to house a museum. The top floor had a lookout deck with fine views.
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.484 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.473 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.473 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.468 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.459 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.459 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."457 views
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.453 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.439 views
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Okazaki Castle tower430 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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A group of men carry a red and white pole in front of Inazawa Station, on their way to Konomiya Shrine.430 views
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests430 views
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.422 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.421 views
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto420 views
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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.411 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)409 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.408 views
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Next is a palanquin (not mikoshi) for the Toshi-gami deity of harvests. 御歳神400 views
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By this time, all the men are filled with sake and gregarious.397 views
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Giant phallus makes its way to the shrine.397 views
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Where the penis goes, the crowd follows.391 views
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Gaijin girls had an easy time attracting men who happily tried to converse in English and bestow cloth strips.378 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.376 views
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Penetration successful. This is 3:30 pm.371 views
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The standard-bearer with a banner of shunga-style penis painting.367 views
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They spin around the phallus.366 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami366 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto356 views
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Not sure what this is.354 views
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Salt sprinkler heads the procession to purify the way.350 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.348 views
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Drum345 views
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Branches of the sacred sakaki tree.344 views
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Sake cart339 views
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My video of Masumida Shrine on New Year's Day 2011, Ichinomiya, Aichi.334 views
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The first half of the route is quite narrow.333 views
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Yoshida Castle turret327 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316 views
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Votice tablets written with people's wishes for love, sex, and babies.315 views
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The giant penis also arrives at the shrine as it spins around behind the310 views
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Tagata Shrine grounds during the Honen Festival.309 views
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Finally on the main road to Tagata Shrine. Half the road is blocked off for the procession.308 views
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Tagata Jinja banners.308 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station305 views
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It was a pretty cold day, and these men were drinking all afternoon.301 views
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Near the station is Nagoya City Hall (Shiyakusho) which also sports a castle motif.300 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto299 views
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Inuyama Castle tower298 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.296 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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On the main road.295 views
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Entrance to Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.291 views
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.291 views
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The giant phallus in front Tagata Shrine's Honden main hall.290 views
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Kiso River with Inuyama Castle in the distance289 views
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On the 5th floor is a model of shachihoko that you can touch and sit on for pictures.286 views
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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284 views
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Salt sprinkler enters first.282 views
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Inuyama Castle roof281 views
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Torii on Takeshima island279 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto enters the Honden main hall.279 views
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.276 views
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Sometimes a man from the window jumps into the crowd to grab and take in the Sacred Man.275 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.271 viewsJo-an is one of Japan's three most famous tea ceremony houses. 如庵
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Nagoya Castle, Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓270 views
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They zig-zag along the street, and they are filled with sake.268 views
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Inside Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure267 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko 神男:加藤 典彦266 views
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Best-looking phallic rock.264 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...262 views
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Takeshima island261 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. 女性器をかたどった石253 views
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Gaijin talking to gaijin. Sounded Australian. English teacher at junior high.252 views
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Pointer to Expo shuttle train at Nagoya Station.251 views
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Maybe this is the Sacred Man being pulled into the window.248 views
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Phallic fence posts.248 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245 views
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View of Kiso River242 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.238 views
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Sanko Inari Shrine224 viewsThe shrine provides a short cut to the castle.
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Inside tea ceremony house223 views
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Phallic souvenirs.222 views
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Inuyama International Sightseeing Center "Freude"221 views
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Haritsuna Shrine219 views
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Inside castle tower218 viewsThe castle tower is a history museum.
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They get pretty crazy, getting more water.214 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212 views
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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.210 views
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Every once in a while, they raise their pole.205 views
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Tagata Shrine Honden main hall. Komaki, Aichi Pref.205 views
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Note that the phallus is not the object of worship. It is an offering to the god.205 views
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Phallic objects205 views
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Worst-looking phallic rock. That's stretching the imagination a little too much.201 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.201 views
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Gift shop on top floor200 views
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The Sacred Man struggles to reach the small window.200 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station198 views
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Female and male rocks.194 views
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Nagoya Station's twin towers in the distance.192 views
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Southeast corner turret (Important Cultural Property)190 views東南隅櫓
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Numerous groups of near-naked men (no women) proceed to the shrine all afternoon.190 views
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Closeup of giant mochi. Solid as a rock.189 views
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On the straight road from Inazawa Station to Konomiya Shrine.188 views
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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.185 views
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Some of the men tear off strips from their handband and give them to bystanders.183 views
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Stones and Oku-no-miya Shrine183 views
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When the Sacred Man enters the window, everyone cheers.182 views
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Tree surrounded with cloth strips called Naoi-gire182 views
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.182 views
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Put in money and it will make a "chin" sound. (From the word "chinpo" for penis.)181 views
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Entrance to Urakuen Garden180 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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Bridge to Takeshima island179 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.179 views
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Female Rock179 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner disguising the female organ.177 views
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As you walk toward the castle entrance, you see this Sotobori outer moat.176 views
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Monkeys173 views
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This photo was taken in 2006, showing an empty lot where the Hommaru Goten Palace is being reconstructed now.172 views
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Oku-no-miya Shrine. Look carefully and you can see what's inside. 奥宮172 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. Not a good likeness...「姫石」(陰石)171 views
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Phallic rock. There are several phallic rocks donated by various people. Apparently they are either natural or carved.171 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168 views
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The men in the window give directions to the Sacred Man.167 views
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The shrine maidens came around to serve the tea and sweet.166 views
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The festival is over.165 views
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Konomiya Shrine torii and the long path to the shrine is lined with a large crowd.164 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner depicting Hime-no-miya164 views
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Place to rub the sacred balls. 珍宝窟164 views
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Votice tablet with illustration of the Honen Festival.163 views
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All the men want to touch the Sacred Man, believing that it will dispel bad luck.162 views
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More female rocks.162 views
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My bicycle somewhere in Gamagori.161 views
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The inner path to the shrine gets more crowded.160 views
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Picture taken in 2006. 天守閣159 views
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Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓159 views
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This is the small window the Sacred Man has to enter. It has a sprinkler system.158 views
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Zig-zag to the shrine157 views
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Dry moat on east side of castle.156 views
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Wisteria156 views
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Rub the two balls.156 views
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Tagata Shrine banners. Also see Honen Festival photos here.155 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.155 views
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The window where the Sacred Man entered.153 views
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A sweet confection to eat with the matcha tea.152 views
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Road to Inuyama Castle151 views
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Rabbit Island151 views
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Inuyama Castle150 viewsNational Treasure
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There it is. The female rock. 女性器をかたどった石149 views
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JR Gamagori Station. In the foreground is my bicycle.148 views
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They are waiting for the Sacred Man.148 views
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All the men look in the direction of the Sacred Man.148 views
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden. 300 yen admission for the castle tower. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday).148 views
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Haiden Hall where the men offer their long poles. 拝殿147 views
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Giant mochi inside the Haiden hall. 大鏡餅奉納147 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147 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 caslte145 views
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