Honensai (NSFW)

This weekend we headed out to Komaki, a small town north of Nagoya, to see Honensai. Honensai is a festival held every year on March 15th to encourage fertile crop growth. It features a giant, 2 meter penis float. You absolutely read that correctly. Behind the cut there are some pictures that are not safe for work, and depending on your personal philosophy, may not be suitable for children (though there were many children at the festival!)

First, I’ll share some “safe” pictures. This week I made a yummy lentil burger recipe I saw posted by a friend. It was delicious (luckily, because it made TWELVE burgers!!)

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Yum!

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Also, this past Friday was White Day, a wonderful day where men give women presents to thank them for Valentine’s Day gifts received. The kindergarten teacher at my school gave me some yummy looking fruit wine, and Teddy got me earrings and sweets!

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As always, here is the manhole cover picture! I took this after seeing the festival in Komaki today!

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There was an old man selling some… intriguing sculptures.

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This is a Tengu, a type of Japanese demon. He was part of the procession at Honensai.

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Another festival participant.

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Here is a man with his fabulous banner. Also, take note of where his flag is anchored. It was pretty windy today, and he had to have a friend help him not get his crotch crushed by the pole. 😀

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These women carried around “Lucky Penises” and held them out for people to rub them.

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Getting lucky!

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After the ladies came the musicians.

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Teddy and I positioned ourselves at the spinning point. They basically came to the corner and swung the mikoshi (portable shrines) around multiple times while yelling and then went on their way.

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FREE SAKE FOR ALL! Gotta love Aichi! Teddy and I think this area has some of the best festivals. Oh, AND they even took your garbage when you were done!!

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And here he is! The 2 meter, 640 pound phallus!

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This one lady had these beautiful Huskies dressed in beautiful costumes. She even let us pet them! They were so soft and cute!!

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No penis festival would be complete without themed food!

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They were really yummy, too!

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These one were even more carefully carved than the ones we bought!

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The corn was 2 for 500 yen! We were thrilled.

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After the festival, we met up with a girl from our school and some of her friends. We went to Sama Sama, an Indonesian Restaurant. This is fried tofu stuffed with veggies!! YUM!!

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We also got a yummy tempeh stirfry!

Tomorrow, I’m off to Little World with the girls from my work, so please look forward to a post from there soon!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 02:35:46

    Now I’ve seen it all!!! Sounds like a fun day!

    Reply

  2. Shirley Donehoo
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 02:44:25

    See all the things I miss by living here in Pittsburgh?

    Reply

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