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The Kanamara, iron Phallus matsuri has it roots in an Edo era legend about a penis eating demon that was tricked by a local monk into biting down on a steel phallus, The shrine has a long history of metal working: swords used to be made there and there is still a foundry in the grounds which is lit with sacred fire on the morning of the festival. It was also popular with the local prostitutes...
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth Club carry a large pink phallus on a mikoshi or portable shrine during the Kanamara iron phallus festival or matsuri in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan. April 6th 2008
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth Club carry a large pink phallus on a mikoshi or portable shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron phallus  in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth Club carry a large pink phallus on a mikoshi or portable shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron phallus  in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth Club carry a large pink phallus on a mikoshi or portable shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron phallus  in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Tourist pose on top of large wooden phalluses in the grounds of Wakamiya Hanchiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron Phallus in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Tourist pose on top of large wooden phalluses in the grounds of Wakamiya Hanchiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron Phallus in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Tourist pose on top of large wooden phalluses in the grounds of Wakamiya Hanchiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron Phallus in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Penis shaped lollipop candy for sale in the grounds of Wakamiya Hanchiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron Phallus in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, Japan April 6th 2008
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  • Women walk over an iron phallus in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine in the hope of sexual and reproductive health during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Women walk over an iron phallus in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine in the hope of sexual and reproductive health during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • A woman tourist wearing a pink curly wig in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth club carry a mikoshi or portable shrine featuring a large pink phallus during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth club carry a mikoshi or portable shrine featuring a large pink phallus during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth club carry a mikoshi or portable shrine featuring a large pink phallus during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth club carry a mikoshi or portable shrine featuring a large pink phallus during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth Club dance and enjoy carrying a mikoshi or portable shrine featuring a large pink phallus during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • A priest in a demon mask during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Festival workers carry mikoshi or portable shrines featuring a large iron phallus in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Transvestites from the Elizabeth club carry a large pink phallus in the ground of Hachii ) out into the street  during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Festival workers pour alcoholic drinks (saki) called Omiki for visitors  in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Festival workers pour alcoholic drinks (saki) called Omiki for visitors  in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • Festival workers pour alcoholic drinks (saki) called Omiki for visitors  in the grounds of Wakamiya Hachiman gu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri, Kawasaki Daishi, Japan April 5th 2009
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  • A large pink phallus is carried on a mikoshi or portable shrine by transvestites through the streets during the Kanamara matsuri or Iron Phallus festival in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, April 2nd 2006
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  • Young girls dance at Wakamiya Hachimangu shrine during the Kanamara matsuri or Iron Phallus festival in Kawasaki Daishi, Kanagawa, April 2nd 2006
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  • Flags featuring phalluses at the Kanamara matsuri or festival of the iron phallus in Kawasaki Daishi near Tokyo, Japan. Sunday April 1st 2012
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