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There is a Japanese Penis Festival and it's happening right now

Anyone booking your flights for April?

You think festival means Glastonbury, Wilderness, Glitter on your face, flowers in your hair and booze on your breath.

Unless you are in Japan, in which case your first in your mind is probably about giant penises.

Spring is a magical time in Japan which marks the celebration of Shinto Kanamra Matsuri which known as The Festival Of The Steel Phallus.

And in a city called Kawasaki,  located just 20 minutes outside of Tokyo by train, people gather to take part in one of the most loving amazing festivals of all: Japan's annual penis festival.

Yes, you read the title right.

The day-long festival takes place on the 1st April, the festival is a celebration of the penis and fertility.

People parade huge phallic-shaped mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) down the streets during the event, as festival-goers suck on penis lollipops, buy penis-themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of penises.

People sing and dance as they carry a large black phallic-shaped penis through the streets.

The festival is believed to have roots in the  16th century the city was a main rest stop for travelers who stopped off to eat, sleep and engage with prostitutes.

When sex workers would visit the Kanayama shrine to pray for protection from sexually transmitted infections.

The festival started in 1969 and has become a tourist attraction as well as raising awareness about safe sex, raising money for HIV prevention.

Newlyweds couple attend to pray for children in their marriage and the shrine is a year-round end for infertile couples that are hoping for a miracle.