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.