Held this year on April 6, the festival is a celebration of the penis and fertility. People parade gigantic phallic-shaped mikoshi portable Shinto shrines down the streets during the event, as revelers suck on penis lollipops, buy penis-themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of -- you guessed it -- penises. According to the BBC, the festival is believed to have roots in the 17th century , when prostitutes are said to have prayed for protection from sexually transmitted infections at Kawasaki's Kanamara shrine. Today, the festival reportedly raises awareness about safe sex practices and fundraises for HIV prevention.
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Thousands of tourists can pick up penis candy, penis statues, penis key-chains and more, during one of the most unique festivals in the Japanese calendar. The festivities centre around the Kanayama shrine, which was historically popular with sex workers who prayed for prosperity and protection from sexually transmitted infections. A sharp-toothed demon hid inside the vagina of a young woman who wedded two men. On both wedding nights, the demon castrated the men by biting their pensises off. The demon bit down on the phallus and broke his teeth, and was thus vanquished. The phallus was subsequently enshrined. Anyone can post in open comments.