|Tagata Shrine -- This is where the fun begins. See what the shrine that holds "the big one" is like and learn about the history of Hounen Matsuri!||The Procession II-- "The Big One" in all it's wooden glory! See here the centerpiece of the infamous Hounen Matsuri.|
|The Preparations -- Before the procession can begin, special rites must be performed, prayers must be said, and the participants have to get good and drunk!||Mochi
Nage -- What better way to end a fertility festival than throwing
rice cakes into an agressive and enclosed elderly Japanese mob?
|The Procession I-- Dancing, salt-throwing priests, phallus-bearing women and a whole lot of drunken 42 year-olds are required to bring the giant phallus to Tagata Jinjya!||Omiyage -- Souvenirs and candies abound! Candies, suckers, manjyu, keychains and carved wooden decorations for your mantel at home!|