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Matthew Haswell | profile | all galleries >> Japan 日本 >> Japanese Festivals 日本の祭り >> Hōnen Matsuri in Komaki 小牧の豊年祭 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

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Hōnen Matsuri in Komaki 小牧の豊年祭

One of Japan's most unusual and popular fertility festivals, occurring annually on the 15th of March.
Shrine attendants before the festivities
Shrine attendants before the festivities
Wooden ema at Tagata-jinja
Wooden ema at Tagata-jinja
Row of votive tablets
Row of votive tablets
Praying at the smaller shrine
Praying at the smaller shrine
Shrine altar with phallus
Shrine altar with phallus
Minor outer shrine with sacred balls
Minor outer shrine with sacred balls
Secondary hall at Tagata-jinja
Secondary hall at Tagata-jinja
Watching the visitors
Watching the visitors
Locals in festive dress
Locals in festive dress
Koto performance at Tagata-jinja
Koto performance at Tagata-jinja
Tsukubai at the shrine
Tsukubai at the shrine
Phallic chocolate-covered bananas
Phallic chocolate-covered bananas
The oncoming procession
The oncoming procession
Carrying a ceremonial drum
Carrying a ceremonial drum
The procession of minor phalli
The procession of minor phalli
Sacred mikoshi
Sacred mikoshi
Transporting the kami
Transporting the kami
The great phallic palanquin
The great phallic palanquin
Amulet-laden sakaki tree
Amulet-laden sakaki tree
Komaki town elders
Komaki town elders
Carrying the sacred objects
Carrying the "sacred objects"
Locals in traditional garb
Locals in traditional garb
Bringing the palanquin forward
Bringing the palanquin forward
Spinning the phallus around
Spinning the phallus around
Time for the public to participate
Time for the public to participate
Reluctant embrace
Reluctant embrace
Out on the main street
Out on the main street
Oni in the procession
Oni in the procession
Yaki-ika vendor
Yaki-ika vendor
A tunnel of yatai
A tunnel of yatai
Souvenir phalluses
Souvenir phalluses
Lewd mementos
Lewd mementos
Ceremony after the procession
Ceremony after the procession
Gathering for the mochi throwing
Gathering for the mochi throwing
Grabbing a handful of rice cakes
Grabbing a handful of rice cakes
Here comes the mochi!
Here comes the mochi!