They do things diferently, down at the Port of Fremantle.
We males have just ten days to prepare ourselves for this major Japanese festival.
March 15th is Hounen Matsuri (Penis Day), an ancient Shinto celebration of life.
People of the town of Komaki, about 250 miles south of Tokyo, will once again celebrate this fertility festival.
The festival’s main features are Shinto priests playing musical instruments, a parade of ceremonially garbed participants, all-you-can-drink sake, and a 280 kg (620 pound), 2.5 meter (96 inch)-long wooden phallus. The wooden phallus is carried from a shrine called Shinmei Sha (in even-numbered years) on a large hill or from Kumano-sha Shrine (in odd-numbered years), to a shrine called Tagata Jinja.
The festival starts with celebration and preparation at 10:00 a.m. at Tagata Jinja, where all sorts of foods and souvenirs (mostly phallus-shaped or related) are sold. Sake is also passed out freely from large wooden barrels. At about 2:00 p.m. everyone gathers at Shinmei Sha for the start of the procession. Shinto priests say prayers and impart blessings on the participantsi, as well as on the large wooden phallus, which are to be carried along the parade route.
It was carved from a single cypress tree trunk by a 90-year-old man, and is is offered at the shrine as a symbolic prayer for hounen, a fruitful year of abundant harvests and growth for all living things.
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Oh, Messrs Koch, you will be held in contempt by your Grandchildren.
The grasping tentacles of this monstrous corporation could do more damage to the human species than any natural disaster.
Looking closely at comment #12
The historian in me is dismayed and outraged!
A good bit of news at last.
Although I wonder if mankind will walk on the moon during my children’s lifetime.
Commander Chris Hadfield can sing a bit as well. Even David Bowie thinks it is a good cover.
This is a really good one. Lifesaving and wonderful.
Tho’ I do wonder what this will do to transplant protocols.
This one makes me see red. It is so wrong on so many levels!
I do hope they are holding her up as a horrible example!
I don’t mind being Green
Then I realised that drop bears do not show themselves until it is to late to escape!
But my heart was beating nineteen to the dozen for quite a while!
On a road outside the small township of Woorooloo.
No! I don’t know why.
And other useless information about the islands which
may reduce the amount of General Ignorance in the world.
Dogs.The birds are named after the islands (where they are indigenous), not the other way round. The archipelago gets its name from the Latin name for the largest of the islands, which the Romans named ‘Isle of Dogs’ (Insula Canaria) after the large numbers of dogs there, both wild and domesticated.
Canaries are a kind of finch and were originally a mottled greeny-brown, but over 400 years of cross-breeding by human beings produced their familiar yellow colour. No one has ever bred a red canary but it seems a diet of red peppers may turn them orange.
Only the male canaries sing; they can also mimic telephones and other household devices. ‘Tweety ‘ in the Warner cartoons is, of course, a very precocious canary.
For centuries, British mining regulations required the keeping of a small bird for gas detection. They were used in this way until 1986, and the wording wasn’t removed from the regulations until 1995. The idea was that toxic gases like carbon monoxide and methane killed the birds before they injured the miners. Canaries were favoured because they sing a lot, so it’s noticeable when they go quiet and fall over.
While there is a possibility that a previous civilisation had existed on the Archipelago, the original inhabitants appear to have arrived sometime between 1000BC and 100BC. Named the Guanche, they have linguistic affinities with the Berber people.
In ‘Canarian Wrestling’ the participants face each other in a sand circle called a terrero; the aim is to make your opponent touch the sand with any part of his body other than the feet. No hitting is permitted. The sport originated with the Guanches, the islands’ pre-Spanish indigenous people.
The Silbo Comero (Gomeran Whistle’) is a whistled language used in the Canary island of La Gomera to communicate across its deep valleys. Its speakers are called’ silbadors’. Although it was originally a Guanche language, it has been adapted so that modern silbadors are, effectively, whistling in Spanish. It’s a compulsory subject for Gomeran schoolchildren.
The volcano on La Palma in the Canaries is said to have the potential to cause a catastrophic collapse of the western half of the island, creating a tsunami that could cross the Atlantic and hit the eastern seaboard of the United States of America eight hours later with a wave as high as thirty metres. New York is in for an interesting day, some day.
London’s Isle of Dogs was first so-called on a map dated 1588: perhaps because it was home to the royal kennels, though it may simply have been a term of abuse. It’s an odd coincidence that Canary Wharf is located there.
Some of the Twitter stream which has caught my attention over the past few days.
@tom_cowie Hosni Mubarak’s suit pinstripes are actually his name repeated over and over http://bit.ly/gPTNcD
The London logo shows the numbers “2012” in four jagged figures and until now has only been criticised for its design.
Zion is a term that can refer to the city of Jerusalem or Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. Iran does not recognise Israel.
Iran does not even recognise that the Holocaust is an historical event.
“Certainly other countries, including Islamic nations, will react to this racist logo and this would jeopardise the goals of the Olympic games in the world,” said Bahram Afsharzadeh, the general secretary of Iran National Olympic Committee.
He warned the International Olympic Committee that “negligence of the issue from your side might affect the presence of some countries, especially Iran.”
Obviously some members of the ruling class in Iran have been forgetting to wear their Tinfoil Hats.
A man who thought he was sailing along the coast of southern England had to be rescued by emergency services after his motor boat ran out of fuel while repeatedly circling a small island in the River Thames estuary.
The man, who had no nautical guides and only a roadmap by which to navigate, had been trying to sail from Gillingham, about 35 miles east of London, to Southampton on April 19 by following the southern coast of England.
But he ended simply doing laps of the Isle of Sheppey, about 93 square kilometres in area, in the mouth of the Thames. Eventually a lifeboat and coastguard were sent to rescue him after he used up all his fuel and ran aground.
He told officials he had been trying to navigate by keeping the coastline to his right.
“He was attempting to travel around the UK from Medway to Southampton and had somehow lost his bearings and ended up travelling around the Isle of Sheppey,” said Robin Castle, a member of the local lifeboat station. “It seems he didn’t have the usual maritime charts or navigational equipment.”
Just where are Daddy P and the wonderful Lo, the Terrible Goddess?