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Entries in Japan (2)



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Sales figures for the holiday season have finally been tabulated and certified - and we say domo arigato Japan (that's "thank you very much Japan," at least that's what we think we're saying based on all the Japanese we learned from 80s pop songs). Sales of New York Dumb in Japan destroyed US sales in a spectacular surprise attack in December, we are only now understanding the full ramifications of these figures. 

Thanks again to our friends of the weird in Japan. And for a fascinating look at how much Japanese culture appreciates the weird take a look at the yearly Kanamara festival, sacred yes, but also so amazingly strange.



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When spring comes a youth's thoughts naturally turn to fertility, and at the Kanamara Matsuri in Kawasaki Japan those thoughts then turn to giant penis parades and genital candy. 

The annual fertility festival, held traditionally in the cherry blossom season since the Edo era (1603-1868), is said to encourage fertility and bring harmony to married couples. In recent times the festival has been used to raise awareness of AIDS prevention. 

But as reported at the Travel website, the festival also attracts some less than reverent fans of fertility. During the festival a few years back the apparently intoxicated spokesperson for some ladies of the US Navy stated, "We came here for the cock. My husband's in Iraq right now, defending our country, so it's the only cock I'm going to get." Go USA! Keepin' it real!

We here at NYD want to thank the farsighted Shinto priests that made this delightful display possible. For more info on these beautiful and bonerific festivals take a look at these terrific sites. Go for the spirituality, stay for the naughty schoolgirls.

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