Penis Festival of Japan Takes Over Kawasaki

The annual Shinto Kanamara Matsuri, or the Festival of the Steel Phallus recently took over the streets of Kawasaki, Japan. The 39-year-old festival is held to honor fertility and male genitals. The festival is rooted in a 17th Century tale of a sharp toothed demon who falls in love with a beautiful woman. The woman is eventually freed after a steel phallus destroys the demons teeth, vanquishing the demon forever. Today the festival raises awareness about safe sex and raises funds for HIV prevention. Elliot Hill and Joya Mia Italiano take a closer look inside the phallic festival on the Lip News.