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The bottom of the woman figurine. Naughty, naughty...3639 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises.3545 views
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises. Tagata Shrine Honen Festival3140 views
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Wood carvings. Also see the video at YouTube.2690 views
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Sake flask2457 views
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Old wooden phallus offered at Okunomiya Hall. More photos of Tagata Shrine here.2441 views
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Lollipops2273 views
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The phallus is a symbol for themes of fertility.2161 views
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Nose job1970 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.1853 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.1634 views
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Senbei crackers1598 views
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Demure-looking woman figurine looks deceiving until you look at the bottom...1502 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.1458 views
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People line up to rub the sacred balls. Penis rock in the foreground.1444 views
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Banner with ukiyoe shunga-style painting of a penis.1308 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.1292 views
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Palanquin maidens.1253 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests.1169 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the penis procession. Tagata Shrine Honen Matsuri1162 views
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Gozensai prayer ceremony before the start of the procession.1140 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1081 views
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Pregnant women also attend the festival. As well as mothers with a young baby coming to give thanks.1077 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.1047 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.963 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.949 views
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Various entertainment is staged within Tagata Shrine up until the procession starts at 2 pm.940 views
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Breaking the sake barrel919 views
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Another mikoshi with a wooden penis. For a good harvest.911 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911 views
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The short prayer ceremony ends.907 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.902 views
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Lots of people pose with the giant penis. Amid hordes of amateur photographers889 views
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Women spectators touch the penis for good fortune and to become fertile perhaps?886 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. Honen-sai Festival, Tagata Shrine Honen Festival.836 views
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Conch shell835 views
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Inside Kumano Shrine. Notice the wooden penises on lower left.822 views
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Sake815 views
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the procession.802 views
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Festival spectators come by the busload, including people from US military bases such as Yokota.769 views
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Ema votive tablet with giant penis portable shrine. 500 yen.758 views
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Torii gate to Kumano-sha Shrine.755 views
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Mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers gather in front of Kumano Shrine.743 views
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Kumano-sha Shrine, the starting point of the procession or "Penis Parade." 熊野社738 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.737 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto who was a local prince married to Tamahime which Tagata Shrine worships.707 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.705 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.699 views
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Sake flows freely.689 views
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Musical clock675 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).655 views
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Maidens who are 36 years old, carry wooden penises for protection during their "unlucky age" (yakudoshi).595 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.).591 views
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People waiting for the procession along the shrine steps. (Not a good place to watch the procession.)589 views
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Men in happi coats which read "Honen Matsuri." Honen literally means "year of abundant harvest."570 views
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.548 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.547 views
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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.521 views
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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.520 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499 viewsThis main tower used to house a museum. The top floor had a lookout deck with fine views.
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.499 views
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.488 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.477 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.477 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.472 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.466 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.463 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."459 views
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.456 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.443 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.438 views
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Okazaki Castle tower437 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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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.437 views
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests435 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.426 views
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto425 views
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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.416 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.414 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)412 views
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Next is a palanquin (not mikoshi) for the Toshi-gami deity of harvests. 御歳神404 views
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By this time, all the men are filled with sake and gregarious.401 views
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Giant phallus makes its way to the shrine.400 views
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Where the penis goes, the crowd follows.396 views
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Gaijin girls had an easy time attracting men who happily tried to converse in English and bestow cloth strips.384 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.380 views
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Penetration successful. This is 3:30 pm.375 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami372 views
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The standard-bearer with a banner of shunga-style penis painting.372 views
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They spin around the phallus.371 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto360 views
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Not sure what this is.358 views
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Salt sprinkler heads the procession to purify the way.354 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.352 views
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Drum349 views
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Branches of the sacred sakaki tree.348 views
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Sake cart343 views
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The first half of the route is quite narrow.337 views
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My video of Masumida Shrine on New Year's Day 2011, Ichinomiya, Aichi.336 views
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Yoshida Castle turret335 views
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Votice tablets written with people's wishes for love, sex, and babies.318 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318 views
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The giant penis also arrives at the shrine as it spins around behind the314 views
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Tagata Shrine grounds during the Honen Festival.314 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station312 views
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Tagata Jinja banners.312 views
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Finally on the main road to Tagata Shrine. Half the road is blocked off for the procession.311 views
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Inuyama Castle tower306 views
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Near the station is Nagoya City Hall (Shiyakusho) which also sports a castle motif.306 views
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It was a pretty cold day, and these men were drinking all afternoon.306 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto303 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.300 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.299 views
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Entrance to Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.295 views
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.295 views
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The giant phallus in front Tagata Shrine's Honden main hall.294 views
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Kiso River with Inuyama Castle in the distance293 views
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On the 5th floor is a model of shachihoko that you can touch and sit on for pictures.291 views
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Inuyama Castle roof289 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289 views
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Salt sprinkler enters first.287 views
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Torii on Takeshima island283 views
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto enters the Honden main hall.283 views
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Sometimes a man from the window jumps into the crowd to grab and take in the Sacred Man.282 views
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Tagata Shrine crowded with people waiting for the procession to arrive.280 views
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Nagoya Castle, Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓277 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.276 viewsJo-an is one of Japan's three most famous tea ceremony houses. 如庵
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They zig-zag along the street, and they are filled with sake.276 views
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TV reporter with this year's Sacred Man (Kami-otoko), Kato Norihiko 神男:加藤 典彦274 views
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Inside Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure271 views
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Best-looking phallic rock.267 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...266 views
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Takeshima island264 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. 女性器をかたどった石259 views
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Gaijin talking to gaijin. Sounded Australian. English teacher at junior high.258 views
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Maybe this is the Sacred Man being pulled into the window.253 views
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Pointer to Expo shuttle train at Nagoya Station.253 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251 views
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Phallic fence posts.251 views
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View of Kiso River246 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.245 views
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Sanko Inari Shrine228 viewsThe shrine provides a short cut to the castle.
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Inuyama International Sightseeing Center "Freude"228 views
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Inside tea ceremony house227 views
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Phallic souvenirs.226 views
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Haritsuna Shrine224 views
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Inside castle tower223 viewsThe castle tower is a history museum.
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They get pretty crazy, getting more water.220 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219 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.212 views
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Every once in a while, they raise their pole.211 views
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Tagata Shrine Honden main hall. Komaki, Aichi Pref.209 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.209 views
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Note that the phallus is not the object of worship. It is an offering to the god.208 views
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Phallic objects208 views
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The Sacred Man struggles to reach the small window.206 views
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Raising a pole in front of Inazawa Station205 views
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Gift shop on top floor204 views
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Worst-looking phallic rock. That's stretching the imagination a little too much.204 views
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Female and male rocks.197 views
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Numerous groups of near-naked men (no women) proceed to the shrine all afternoon.196 views
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Nagoya Station's twin towers in the distance.195 views
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On the straight road from Inazawa Station to Konomiya Shrine.195 views
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Southeast corner turret (Important Cultural Property)194 views東南隅櫓
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Closeup of giant mochi. Solid as a rock.194 views
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.189 views
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Some of the men tear off strips from their handband and give them to bystanders.188 views
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When the Sacred Man enters the window, everyone cheers.188 views
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Tree surrounded with cloth strips called Naoi-gire188 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.187 views
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Stones and Oku-no-miya Shrine186 views
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Entrance to Urakuen Garden184 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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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.184 views
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Put in money and it will make a "chin" sound. (From the word "chinpo" for penis.)184 views
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Female Rock183 views
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Bridge to Takeshima island182 views
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As you walk toward the castle entrance, you see this Sotobori outer moat.181 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner disguising the female organ.180 views
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This photo was taken in 2006, showing an empty lot where the Hommaru Goten Palace is being reconstructed now.177 views
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Monkeys177 views
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Oku-no-miya Shrine. Look carefully and you can see what's inside. 奥宮176 views
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Oagata Shrine's Female Rock. Not a good likeness...「姫石」(陰石)175 views
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Phallic rock. There are several phallic rocks donated by various people. Apparently they are either natural or carved.174 views
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The men in the window give directions to the Sacred Man.173 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171 views
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The festival is over.171 views
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Konomiya Shrine torii and the long path to the shrine is lined with a large crowd.169 views
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All the men want to touch the Sacred Man, believing that it will dispel bad luck.169 views
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Place to rub the sacred balls. 珍宝窟168 views
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The shrine maidens came around to serve the tea and sweet.168 views
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Honen Matsuri Festival banner depicting Hime-no-miya167 views
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Votice tablet with illustration of the Honen Festival.167 views
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More female rocks.166 views
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The inner path to the shrine gets more crowded.165 views
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This is the small window the Sacred Man has to enter. It has a sprinkler system.165 views
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Picture taken in 2006. 天守閣164 views
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My bicycle somewhere in Gamagori.164 views
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Zig-zag to the shrine164 views
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Northwest corner turret. 西北隅櫓161 views
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Wisteria159 views
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The window where the Sacred Man entered.159 views
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Rub the two balls.159 views
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Tagata Shrine banners. Also see Honen Festival photos here.159 views
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Dry moat on east side of castle.158 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.158 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).155 views
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Road to Inuyama Castle154 views
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Rabbit Island154 views
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They are waiting for the Sacred Man.154 views
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All the men look in the direction of the Sacred Man.154 views
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A sweet confection to eat with the matcha tea.154 views
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Inuyama Castle153 viewsNational Treasure
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Haiden Hall where the men offer their long poles. 拝殿153 views
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There it is. The female rock. 女性器をかたどった石153 views
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Giant mochi inside the Haiden hall. 大鏡餅奉納152 views
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JR Gamagori Station. In the foreground is my bicycle.151 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150 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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Kiyosu Castle150 views
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