This is a fertility festival. Childless couples attend this festival praying at the temple for children. This festival is religiously serious. In Japan, all those who haven’t had sex for a year, have it during the festive season. Prostitutes provide free sex to their customers, especially singles as a souvenir to the festivities.
Foreigners have described this in sexual terms and younger generations attend for fun. You will find couples cradling a symbolic wooden penis while following the procession around towns. There are some in the boxes that one can buy from the temple and have it blessed.
Wives who wish for a child keep this in their purses like an amulet. Please respect this practice not only religiously but for the couples who are trying to have children and want a family.


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