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Honen Matsuri Wikipedia

You have to admire a culture that remembers and honors the old ways. In Japan, every year Shinto priest lead the fertility celebration known as Honen Matsuri.

From the above Wiki link:
The best known of these festivals takes place in the town of Komaki, just north of Nagoya City. The festival's main features are Shinto priests playing musical instruments, a parade of ceremonially garbed participants, all-you-can-drink sake, and a 280 kg (620 pound), 2.5 meter (96 inch)-long wooden phallus. The wooden phallus is carried from a shrine called Shinmei Sha (in even-numbered years) on a large hill or from Kumano-sha Shrine (in odd-numbered years), to a shrine called Tagata Jinja.
A 620-pound penis! Yikes.

Here are some more pictures of the festival:

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