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Kanamara Matsuri Penis Riders

Women on a giant phallus at the Kanamara fertility festival. This is Japan’s best festival, and it’s coming up on Sunday April 6th. Video of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SggvPrkoJUI Shrine homepage: http://tomuraya.co.jp/wakamiya.htm (Japanese only) 2-3-16 Daishi Eki-mae, Misaki-ku, Kanagawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Inside the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu. To get there, take the Keikyu line from Shinagawa Station. Transfer to the Keikyu-Daishi Line at Keikyu Kawasaki Station and get out at Keikyu-Daishi. It takes about 45 minutes and costs 580 yen. It starts at 10:00 AM. _ Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Nokogiri-yama

If Nokogiri-yama was in Kyoto, it would almost certainly be an A-list tourist attraction. It has a huge daibutsu (great Buddha statue) that is twice as big as the more famous versions in Kamakura and Nara, and also an incredible image of the Kannon Bosatsu carved into the side of a cliff. There are also about 1,500 rakan butsuzo on the mountain, and it offers wonderful views of Tokyo Bay. Unfortunately, though, Nokogiri-yama is out in Chiba in the middle of nowhere on the Boso Peninsula, and it takes about 2 1/2 hours to get there from Tokyo. I...

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Jomyo-in, the Jizo Temple

I rode my bicycle past Jomyo-in Temple hundreds of times on my way to work, never suspecting that it might be worth visiting until last year they started doing construction on it, and I got a look inside because one of the walls was torn down. It’s actually pretty interesting because its filled wall-to-wall with thousands of Jizo sculptures. Before the Meiji Restoration, all of Ueno Park and a lot of it’s surroundings were one huge temple called Kan’ei-ji, and Jomyo-in was one of its 36 sub-temples. Kan’ei-ji was closely associated with the Tokugawa Shoguns, and Jomyo-in is named...

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Finger-sucking performance

Lately the Akihabara district has been turning into a venue for costume players and odd street performers. This guy’s act consists of sucking his finger (“L” from Death Note). Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Bird Dropping Skin Cream

Uguisu no fun, or bush warbler droppings have been used as a skin cream and whitener in Japan for hundreds of years. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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