Japan's Penis and Vagina Festivals

An elderly Japanese man prays at Tagata shrine. (All photos: Jonathan Adams/GlobalPost)

KOMAKI, Japan — It's springtime in Japan and that means Penis festivals and vagina festivals.

It may sound like a gag, but these folk rites date back at least 1,500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held annually to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making.