JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Torii gate to Kumano-sha Shrine.
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Kumano-sha Shrine, the starting point of the procession or "Penis Parade." 熊野社
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Inside Kumano Shrine. Notice the wooden penises on lower left.
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Portable shrine for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto who was a local prince married to Tamahime which Tagata Shrine worships.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Conch shell
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Banner with ukiyoe shunga-style painting of a penis.
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Another mikoshi with a wooden penis. For a good harvest.
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Nose jobI didn't see this among the souvenirs being sold. Wonder where he got it.
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises. Tagata Shrine Honen Festival
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Procession maidens pose with wooden penises.
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Lots of people pose with the giant penis. Amid hordes of amateur photographers
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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.
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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.
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Palanquin maidens.
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the procession.
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Gozensai prayer ceremony before the start of the procession.
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Gozensai ceremony before the start of the penis procession. Tagata Shrine Honen Matsuri
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The short prayer ceremony ends.
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Mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers gather in front of Kumano Shrine.
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Sake
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Breaking the sake barrel
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Sake flows freely.
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People waiting for the procession along the shrine steps. (Not a good place to watch the procession.)
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.
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Men in happi coats which read "Honen Matsuri." Honen literally means "year of abundant harvest."
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.
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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.
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Takeinadane-no-Mikoto
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Near Tanabe
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Chikatsuyu
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Hagi
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Kumano Hongu Shrine
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小雲取越小雲取越
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舟見峠
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Nachi Falls 那智大滝
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Katsuura 勝浦
     
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