JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kanamara Matsuri かなまら祭
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Pumping (or humping) the...5325 views
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Riding it...4264 viewsObviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing and both arms in the air, but I'm not one to embarass people...

It has been scientifically proven that sex is good for your health and beauty.
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The festival is wildly popular with people from overseas.4171 viewsThe shrine had various phallus props to pose with.
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Licking it...3914 viewsLook at that tongue...
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Ooohhh, ecstasy...3899 viewsNah, just joking. She was actually just embarassed and spontaneously covered her face with a giggle. Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing, but I'm not one to embarass people... Boy, I wish I took a video clip of this scene.

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

Notice the zigzag white paper streamers. They indicate something which is sacred. So this penis is sacred, possessing a divine spirit. I can believe this because it draws so many people to it. It definitely has divine power. I mean it made this girl sit on it right?
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Dickhead hat. Actually, I don't know what they call it, but that's what I call it.3864 views
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Carving daikon. Anybody can join in and carve. 大根削り3753 viewsLater to be auctioned off.
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Now this is a work of art. Bid at least 3,000 yen please...3721 viewsA Japanese woman bought this, but no takers for the mochi phallus (also 3,000 yen minimum).
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Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly-lollipop (pop!)...3688 viewsFrom an old song. These lollipops were selling like hotcakes.
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Carving daikon (old photo). These men were really good at carving the daikon.3633 views
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Painting inside Kanayama Shrine2598 views
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Forging a steel phallus (old photo)2379 viewsThe demon living in the vagina of the women bit the man's phallus each time. So one guy made a steel phallus and the demom broke his teeth.
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Carving daikon. Since some activities are conducted on the ground, the festival is also called Jibeta (Ground) Matsuri.2366 viewsOnce upon a time, the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people.
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Standing room only at Wakamiya Shrine2181 views
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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. 2126 viewsFestival starts at 11 am. But a large crowd was already there well before that time. Entrance to shrine on the day of the Kanamara Festival. (If you're below age 18, please leave now.)
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Prayers to the Kanamara-bune mikoshi かなまら舟神輿2088 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Male and female lollipops (mass produced). Cute, but we all prefer the real thing, right?2057 views
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Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1971 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Male and female made of mochi (1000 yen)1847 views
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Packed path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine1826 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine かなまら舟神輿 神輿御霊入れ式1806 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Two of the portable shrines ready to go. In Japanese, the festival is nicknamed "Chinko Matsuri" (Phallus Festival) ちんこ祭り.1800 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1777 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1559 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Shrine banners and cherries in full bloom1538 viewsThe red banner says "Kanayama Jinja" with an phallus (erect) logo on the top.
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Elizabeth portable shrine was donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth Kaikan in Kameido, Tokyo.1500 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)1 comments
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The shrine's head priest transfers the deity to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) かなまら舟神輿1495 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Penis prayers1453 viewsThis penis monument (built in 1995 by a steel company) is next to Kanayama Shrine. This person praying is a Caucasian man, not a woman. I was aghast when he stood up and showed his manly face. His long blond hair made me think he was a woman...
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Waving the sacred sakaki branch to bless all of us1402 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar offerings1381 viewsNotice the male and female mochi offering.
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A representative of the shrine parishioners offer prayers.1363 views
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Pubic hair not included. Perhaps that's why it doesn't look so obscene.1324 views
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Maid with paws...1303 views
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Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) was donated by a steel company. かなまら舟神1297 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Art work on the cart1283 views
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Male and female made of mochi. Both were offerings at the shrine.1279 views
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The red cloth is the blood after the demon inside the vagina bit the phallus (Old photo)1168 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Shrine maiden1164 views
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Hula1136 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine 金山神社1120 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows (you can see it on the left of the fireplace above), so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Lollipops (mass produced)1118 viewsThe wrapping is printed with a prayer for conceiving.
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Prayers for a child written on these votive tablets (ema)1104 views1 comments
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Ready for the procession1094 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine1093 views
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She-male (or maybe just a drag queen, I couldn't visually or physically confirm)1085 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿1072 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males1053 views
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Kanayama Shrine (right next to Wakamiya Hachimangu)998 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of the bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.

Kanayama Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Kanayama Shrine was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1999 into a completely unorthodox building which you see here. Modeled after a blacksmith's workshop, it is now a black, eight-sided building with steel paneling. Notice the penis monument on the lower right.
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Inside Kanayama Shrine994 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Blacksmith's tool988 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males978 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.977 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar976 viewsFlanked by penis statues on the left and right.
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The old Kanayama Shrine974 viewsPicture was taken in the 1980s.
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Inside Kanayama Shrine973 views
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine968 views
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Taiko drummers in front of Wakamiya Hachimangu964 views
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Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿962 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Not exactly a work of art, but...930 views
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Giving offerings inside Kanayama Shrine920 views
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Another phallus near Kanayama Shrine901 viewsIt was pretty lonely, with no one paying attention to it.
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Kanayama Shrine altar893 views
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Free amazake (sweet sake). It's a white, creamy liquid served with small dried fish with wiggly tails. Sort of reminds you of something...876 viewsSperm!
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One of many daruma shops in the town.875 views
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Dance851 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms848 views
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Hula dancing at a phallus festival?? (Click photo to learn why.)825 viewsBecause hula can also be considered as a sexually-suggestive dance. The way they sway the hips, etc., can be sexy enough to stir up your loins...
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Lollipop maker, very popular815 views
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Phallus daikon radish auction, minimum bid 200 yen808 viewsAll the daikon they were carving earlier in the day were sold at an auction. Most were sold for a few hundred yen. They even had an English interpreter (woman on left) so foreigners could bid too.
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The crowd awaits the departure of the portable shrines to go on the procession around town.805 views
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The outlandish Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males.802 views
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Portable shrine procession. Also see the video at YouTube.781 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine775 views
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Happi coat with official logo772 views
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Portable shrine procession755 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine741 views
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People could borrow and wear kimono for free, courtesy of the shrine.737 viewsThe portable shrine procession is actually called a "costume parade." You can wear a mask or whatever and also wear a kimono (considered to be a costume) and join in the parade.
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Kanamara boat mikoshi724 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave.718 views
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Roof ridge emblem716 views
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Even a rock band played...713 viewsThey played '70s rock.
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Hula and cherry blossoms712 views
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Handmade male/female lollipops for 600 yen each707 views
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Items for the auction's climax...697 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms681 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave. 神輿の巡幸678 views
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Shack for votive tablets672 views
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The Elizabeth mikoshi pumping up and down as it makes it way to town672 views
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Amulets, votive tablets, etc., for sale by the shrine.665 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi leaves last.662 views
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Look, this one even has wrinkles (probably flaccid).654 viewsYes, he actually said that.
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Tengu (nose is not shaped like a phallus)652 views
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Head of the portable shrine procession652 viewsTengu, shrine priest, and a little girl with an offertory tray. I put in 10 yen, and a shrine maiden came up to me and waved the sacred branch over my head as a blessing. She also gave me an amulet made of paper. I guess I'm fertile now...
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Phallus in the Kanamara boat mikoshi628 views
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Back at the shrine610 views
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Kanayama Shrine's head priest609 views
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Kanamara mikoshi604 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms595 views
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."571 views
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Kanamara mikoshi569 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...564 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine560 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine553 views
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Portable shrine procession523 views
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Old photo507 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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And it leaves the shrine.506 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸504 views
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Kanamara mikoshi499 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸497 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine496 views
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Entering the main shopping street495 views
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)493 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Two for the price of one!!491 views
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Portable shrine procession488 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males485 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi484 views
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Kanamara mikoshi472 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.458 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.431 views
 
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