Thursday, November 02, 2006
Dirty Ice Cream
Created back in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867), the first Sunday in April sees hundreds of people go to the Kanamara Shrine in the south of Tokyo for a spring fertility festival.
The Japanese legend had a demon which hid inside a young girl and castrated two young men on their wedding nights -- a blacksmith fashioned an iron phallus, which the demon broke his teeth on. Thus, the enshrinement of the steel penis.
The Flickr photo set is a must see!
MSN has a good round up also . . .
For more info, see also:
Dead Hippo photo album
2 Camels travel review of Kanamara Matsuri Festival
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