Tagata Shrine is said to have been founded over 1500 years ago. The shrine is a fertility shrine and many people come here to pray to find love, cure ailments, and to pray for children. As a fertility shrine, there are phallic images all around the shrine precints. Within the shrine are wooden penises and outside the shrine are stones that look...more
After the 600-pound phallus has safely penetrated the shrine, the crowd turns its attention to scaffolding where, at 4 p.m., the city's top citizens start throwing mochi into the crowds. If you've had mochi, you probably think of it as a soft, chewy, slightly sweet desert -- but hose mochi have been infused with boiling water! These mochi have not,...more
To say that I went to a Japanese religious ceremony is to severely underplay the Fertility festival at Tagata Shrine. With big p e n i s e s, lots of free sake, and a mochi ball catching competition at the end, it's a great way to do religion! These photos show the actual procession of the 13-foot, 600-pound wooden phallus carved new each year from...more
The small Kumano Shrine appears to be quiet throughout much of the year, but is the beginning of the p e n i s parade held in Komaki every March 15. This is where the 600-pound phallus, newly-carved from Japanese cypress, begins its procession. I'm not sure whatthis place offers a visitor on the other 364 days of the year, maybe just peace and...more
The opposite of the Tagata Shrine is across town and in the hills: Ogata Jinja, home of the female kami. Here, nestled amidst the blooming spring plum trees, one walks around back to venerate several stones with openings shaped like vaginas. Of course, it is also pleasant to stroll up along the hills under the newly planted, flowering plum trees,...more
Tagata Shrine has been around 1500 year-old, though the buildings and prolific phalluses attract a much younger crowd! Though this shrine was crowded the day I visited because it was destination of the mile-long p e n i s parade, it is a peaceful, prayerful place much of the year. Here, Japanese couples hoping to have babies come to ask the kami...more
It wouldn't be a festival in Japan without street food and sake, and the fertility festival was full of specially-shaped food for the occasion. Try *** shaped candied bananas and vagina-shaped lollipops! Long hotdogs covered in mayonaise and hot zucchini on a stick! And the Japanese people were not self-conscious at all about consuming these items in public -- no more so than we would be eating a candy cane during December!
Komaki city is served by Meitetsu Railway, located on the Komaki Line which runs from Inuyama to Kamiiida Station in northern Nagoya city.The stations within Komaki are and some nearby sites that I'm aware of are: -Tagatajinjamae: Tagata Shrine-Ajioka-Komakihara-Komaki: Komaki Castle, MamaKannon-Komakiguchi-Manaimore
Tagata Jinjya 152 Tagata Cho Aichi Perfecture Phone : 81 ( 0568 ) 76 - 2906 Visitor by train can take Inu-Yama line from Meitetsu Shin Nagoya Station, don'tforgat to change the train to Komaki Line at Inu Yama Station. Alight at Tagata Jinjya Mae Station. ( Japanese Version )...more
get some chocolate in Pen!s shape to your friends. This will be the most popular souvenir to visiters.
Tagata JinjyaTagata jijya is a shinto shrine located far outskirt of Nagoya City in Tagata Cho Komaki City in Aichi Perfecture. Owing to the far distance; most of the traveller miss this funniest Jinjya in the world.i - This is dedicated to a God named 'Mitoshi no kami' and the Goddess name 'Tamahime no Mikoto'.more
This shrine dedicated to fertility, has collected erotica from all parts of Japan. It is a giggling, slight embarrassment to the local people, but everyone visits it. The courtyard is filled with huge pxnises carved from trees and gigantic wooden vagxnas complete with well-placed moss. Even the statue of a hooded Buddha becomes a phallus viewed...more
In order to promote the arts and culture, Nagoya holds the 'Citizens Art Festival' in addition to other projects, and supports the activities of art groups and cultural activities of citizens. There are also many cultural facilities located throughout the city such as the 'Tagata Festival' as showing below.more