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Japan's Penis and Vagina Festivals

Bring on the giant wooden penis. The vagina shrine, too.

Japan's Penis and Vagina Festivals

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.