Tagata Jinja

Tagata Jinja Hounen Matsuri

Tagata Jinja Hounen Matsuri near Inuyama just north of Nagoya supposedly dates back over 1500 years and its origins lie in a festival to ensure bountiful harvests.

Tagata Honen Sai Festival, Japan.
Tagata Honen Sai Festival, Inuyama.

Now Tagata Jinja is dedicated to the phallus and fertility and is often visited by young couples who come to pray for the birth of a child.

Every year in March a raucous, drunken festival is celebrated as a huge wooden phallus is paraded on the streets, with an accompanying procession of young women carrying smaller phalluses, Shinto Priests, local dignitaries and a Tengu.

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