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Size matters

Crowd of women parade giant penis statue down middle of street

By WITW Staff on April 6, 2015

Whether or not penis size matters has, for ages, been up for debate. What’s not debatable, however, is that if you’re going to march in a penis parade, well, you must go big with the penis statue that you carry. Real big. And pink. They’re great for eye-catching news photos. And that’s just what revelers in Japan did this weekend at the annual Kanamar Matsuri Festival, or the Festival of the Steel Phallus, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of April. We kid you not–this thing actually exists and has been around for more than 40 years. The penis-themed parade originated decades ago as a nod to when prostitutes in Japan once prayed to a steel phallus for, um, stiff business and protection from STDs. Nowadays, it’s primary function is to raise awareness about HIV … and to provide a venue where attendees can suck on penis-shaped lollipops.

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