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By Katy Gill


It takes at least a dozen people to get this shrine up in Japanese fertility festival – as it composed of a 44-stone wooden phallus.


An amazing video captures the sculpture’s parade through the streets as part of a Japanese fertility festival.

Hōnen Matsuri is a festival celebrated every year on March 15 in Japan to celebrate a bountiful harvest, as well as prosperity and fertility.

The most famous festival takes place in Komaki, a small city 159 miles west of the capital Tokyo.

In the city’s celebration involves Shinto priests playing musical instruments, a parade of ceremonially dressed participants, all-you-can-drink sake, and a 44st, 96 inch wooden phallus.

PIC BY Kristina Bozanich/ Caters News 

The phallus is carried from a shrine, either Shinmei Sha or Kumano Sha, to another 1500-year-old shrine called Tagata Jinja.

The festivities begin at 10am with foods and phallus-shaped souvenirs being sold, before people gather for the procession at 2pm.

Shinto priests bless the participants and the phallus, which is covered in a mikoshi, a type of portable shrine.

PIC BY Kristina Bozanich/ Caters News

At Tagata Jinja, it is spun furiously before being said down with more prayers, before the awaiting crowd is showered with rice cakes thrown by officials from raised platforms.

By 4:30pm the celebration comes to an end and the crowds begin to disperse.

The video was taken by 24-year-old American photographer Kristina Bozanich, who went with her husband Cody.

Kristina, from Washington, said: “I found out about the festival as I was couch surfing around Japan and a host suggested it to me.

“Older generation attend to make prayers and donations to the shrine, whereas younger people go for a laugh and to dress up as sexual characters.

PIC BY Kristina Bozanich/ Caters News 

“If you rub the stone balls, say a prayer, make a donation then this will bring you good luck for the next year.

“You can also as the gods to bring food luck to foster children and men.

“I definitely intend to go again, but if you are foreign you get quite a lot of attention. I was given a lot of freebies.”