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03 April 2007 @ 12:13 pm
It's that time of year again......  
Time for the Kanamara Fertility festival!!

Okay, of course I'm not very fond of penii. I mean, what girl really is? (don't answer that) But the idea of a festival with a GIGANTIC pink penis being carted down the street by drag queens-- it's just too priceless and hilarious. =D Last year, I went with Eda and Erin, and this year I headed down to Kamakura with Gin and her friends. I ran into a lot of people also. ^^ What I find really odd about this festival is that it's held in the suburbs of a relatively conservative country as Japan, but nothing like that would EVER fly in America. It's just so very amusing. =)

The sakura are in full bloom, which is a greaet backdrop, and it happened to be super bright and sunny on Sunday. It was really the perfect day for a festival. =D So we enjoyed the sights for a few hours, and then went to check out the Pokemon center in Yokohama nearby. Sunday was really quite the day. :)

A picture from my cellphone. Me and Darth Penis. XD;;

Gin buys some.. souveniers. =D

The sakura were so gorgeous! But they're really white this year, which is kinda sad.

Gin and I and her ferret Mabo. I wanted to take a picture on this last year, but the hundreds of people that you don't know taking your picture is a little intimidating. I mean... wtf why do they want my picture when they don't even know me?

Hahahahaa, some very very amusing designs.

Tooooooouuuuuuch iiiiiit!

Don't forget to purify yourself!!

Gin and Mabo enjoy some wood. =F

There were some drummers also.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, insert no evil?

Lots of wishes for fertility (and against STDs and the like) were hung up on the shrine..

...And then burned up. I guess the smoke goes up to the fertility gods?

And here are the gods of the penii.

Everybody wants a little action!

I'm not sure what the candles were for. They looked a litlte bit ghetto. ^^;;

Gin, Mabo, and Soshi. It was nice to meet you, Soshi! ^^

Some gaijin were selling these smoking penii. XD

These are fortunes, hung on a tree for good luck.

And the parade....! I like this first picture A LOT.

It's cooooooooooming~!! Run, run!! Seriously, that's kinda scary..

Ba-dump, ba-dump, ba-dump............!

And on the way home, we saw this reall cool cemetary..

Pokemon center! I didn't take any good pictures of the inside.. but it's basically just a store of anything and everything Pokemon.

Except this picture. This picture is win. =D I was told that it's a part of the game. But it just cracks me up. Pokemon honey!! XD;;

I stoppeda at the Shibuya animate since it was on the way home. It was just so pretty with Sakura! Look at the streets... that's nothing compared to how it will be later this week (after it stops raining)!!

And if you want a handful of petals..... They're so soft! :O

By the way, Sakura tea is the BEST.

Top all of the ridiculousness off with ice cream, and can things really get any better?
Gah, don't answer that either.
dark paradisedrkparadise on April 3rd, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
How did I not hear about this festival last year? I so would've gone to it~ XD Love the pics! Oh, I know Gin too. I went to a concert with her when I was in Japan. It's kind of weird that most of the gaikokujin know each other somehow.

I really miss the sakura. April is such a pretty month in Japan.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 3rd, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
How did you not? =D You must not have as perverted friends as I do. XD;;

Actually though, there are so many gaijin in Tokyo alone and I know only a handful of them. So it's probably just a coindicence. ^^ I wish I knew them all, because there are some half- stars here that I wouldn't mind meeting. :)
dark paradisedrkparadise on April 3rd, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Hehe... Gin was actually the only other American that I met in Japan. My Japanese friends probably didn't want to "scare" me by taking me to it. They were mostly guys & probably too shy to take me. XD I hope to make a lot more friends, gaijin or not, when I go back to Japan in 2008.
shmeebs on April 3rd, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
WTF Japan, indeed.
Jeychynoi on April 3rd, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Awesome 8D

I want to go one of these future Springs D:
いちご // Claudia: [naruto] frog gleestrawberryoes on April 3rd, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
This is pretty much the best post ever XD I'd no idea they had a festival like that XD I like the before last picture, makes me wish I could be there!
Chiakichiaki777 on April 3rd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Ahh fertility festivals. Some of the best festivals imaginable.
ex_air414 on April 3rd, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Amazinggg! I'm definitely going to go to that festival at least once in my life! I probably wouldn't be able to stop giggling at all the tiny plastic penies everywhere! I'd feel so bad biting into a candy penie. XD

Sakura tea? Ohhh, sound so yummy I can hardly stand it. > ω
im_an_aaangel on April 3rd, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Your "Ba-dump Ba-dump" caption is really wrong. XDD

I like the monkey pic. I immdiately thought "crap no evil?"
chibichan03 on April 3rd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
oh man, if I get accepted to the JET program, I am sooo going. If I can get away... Yay something to add to my list of things to do! Those pictures are interesting...
let's keep it casual: [Air Gear] Agito Omoshirecasually on April 3rd, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Sana-chan: Flyingsana_chan on April 3rd, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
LOL I always love reading about the Penis Festival XDD I want to go someday~
sailorstarsun: nya!sailorstarsun on April 3rd, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
I have got to go to this some day. XD

And, fourth picture down, there's totally a guy in the background taking a picture of you with his phone. .^^
Linstarrbeam on April 3rd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
Wahh where was this festival? Very weird one.
Aly Supetran: kawaii ningyoaya_chan028 on April 3rd, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Wow...that's a rather amusing festival.X3 Awww~!Teh sakura petals are so pretty!!!X3
超ちゃ人: 花より男子2 - Hanazawa Ruichochajin on April 3rd, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
OMG *lol* !!! XDDD I can remember the photos of that festival last year, but OMG!!!! but I guess you can´t get used to s.th. like that ?? I mean in which other country can you drive around a HUGE pink penis ?? Eh ?? AAAHH!!! That´s really hilarious XDDDDD
Thanks for sharing all these great pics ! <333

KYAH! Pokémon honey ???!!! (*-*) XD

And YESH~ the sakura are soooooooo gorgeous !!! (;__;) Geez, I wanna see that live some day as well (.__.)
Sakura tea ???? O__O
catsluvdmb on April 3rd, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Why are the sakura so white this year? I was wondering about that today.

And lol that festival is definitely more penisy than the one I went to in Komaki.
slytherinblackslytherinblack on April 3rd, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
okay, I'm a freaking genius. I saw the first pic out of the corner of my eye, figured you were standing against a rail or something. Looked closer. "Um," I said, "Is that supposed to look so phallic?" O.o

...Yes, yes it was.
(no subject) - ravenousbunny on April 3rd, 2007 11:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
D A Y N Adayna_hime on April 3rd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)

If I ever go to Japan, I NEED to see that fertility festival. Just... Lmao.

The sakura are beautiful.

And my friend would die to go to that Pokemon store. xD
Magbabysyusuke on April 3rd, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
sakura! T.T Man I wish to go Japan to grab a bag full of them home XD

and your friend's ferret is too cute >.< is it expensive?
Mika Kitsunemikakitsune on April 3rd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
OMG...just OMG! But it's Japan...hmm~
BluAyubluayu on April 4th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
-snicker- It's kind of funny how they have a festival dedicated to such things. XDD

Ooh the Sakura are so pretty!! They are very white though...hm... Sakura tea? What does it taste like? The only thing I have that it 'Sakura' is some purfume so I could not imagine what a tea would taste like..
taishitaishi on April 4th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Your friend Gin is cute.
forestspritered_rapture on April 5th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Ah, I missed it! I was wandering around Tokyo bored that day, ended up going to Asakasa and Akihabara. ;-;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 5th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Awww that's terrible!! At least it's not in Tokyo, so it's not like you accidentally walked by without noticing it.

I didn't know that you were in Tokyo! Are you studying here or on vacation?