Alex Abian

Kanamara Matsuri aka Festival of the Steel Phallus is held every spring at the Kanamara Shrine in Kawasaki.

The legend being that a jealous sharp-toothed demon hid inside the vagina of a young woman the demon fell in love with and bit off penises of two young men on their wedding nights. After that the woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon's teeth, which led to the enshrinement of the item. The festival started in 1969.