Kanamara Penis Festival Reminder

This is just a reminder that Japan’s  most bizarre, hilarious festival is coming up soon. This year it will be held on Sunday April 5.

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Video of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SggvPrkoJUI
Shrine homepage: http://tomuraya.co.jp/wakamiya.htm (Japanese only)

2-3-16 Daishi Eki-mae, Misaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Inside the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu.

To get there, take the Keikyu line from Shinagawa Station. Transfer to the Keikyu-Daishi Line at Keikyu Kawasaki Station and get out at Keikyu-Daishi. It takes about 45 minutes and costs 580 yen. The festival starts at 10:00 AM.web analytics The main event, the penis procession starts at 1:00 PM.

There are other posts about the festival here:
https://qjphotos.wordpress.com/?s=kanamara

Love Hotel Restaurant

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In the 1920s, love hotels were called tsurekomi yado, which literally means “bring along inn.”  They evolved from tea houses called deiai chaya that allowed men to bring prostitutes or lovers onto the premises and rent a room upstairs for a liason.

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There are none of these operating as love hotels anymore, but there is one in Osaka that has been converted into a restaurant. It’s called Hyakuban and is in Tennoji.hyakuban2

This elegant old building has so much character that you’re intstantly taken back in time to a simpler, more graceful time. Pull aside the sliding doors to reveal the elgant wooden bridge in the front hall, and walk past traidtional woodcarvings and woodblock prints on your way to your own little room. They serve traditional Japanese foods like sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and chanko nabe. I wouldn’t go there just for the food because it was good but not spectacular, but it certainly is a unique, atmospheric dining experience.

Here’s the Hyakuban homepage (Japanese only): http://r.gnavi.co.jp/k069800/

Address: 3-5-25 Sanno, Nishinari-ku, Tel. (06) 6632-0050. Reservations required. Dinner costs an average of 5000 yen per person.

love-hotel-coverThere’s more information about   love hotels in my new book, Love Hotels: An Inside Look at Japan’s Sexual Playgrounds. I spent years visiting love hotels around Japan, interviewing love hotel designers, owners and staff, and wading through Japanese books on sex and love hotels to bring you this book.

It’s 182 pages of information about their history, the people who design and operate them, their place in Japanese society, crime, and much, much more. There’s also a love hotel guide with information on how to get to the best hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Yokohama, Sapporo, and Fukuoka.

For more information about love hotels, please visit my newly updated love hotel page at: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotels.html

To order or find out more about the book, please visit: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotelbookintro.htm. There’s also a smaller guidebook, with just the hotel information for 500 yen: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotelguide.html.

There are more love hotel-related posts
here.

Love Hotel Crime and an S&M Hotel

Hope you’re not getting tired of love hotels. Today’s sample from my book is about the dark side of love hotels, an incredible S&M hotel in Roppongi called the Alpha-In, and a description of some of the shocking crimes that have taken place in them.

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I spent years visiting love hotels around Japan, interviewing love hotel designers, owners and staff, and wading through Japanese books on sex and love hotels to bring you this book.

It’s 182 pages of information about love hotels – their history, the people who design and operate them, their place in Japanese society, crime, and much, much more. There’s also a love hotel guide with information on how to get to the best hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Yokohama, Sapporo, and Fukuoka.

For more information about love hotels, please visit my newly updated love hotel page at: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotels.html

To order or find out more about the book, please visit: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotelbookintro.htm. There’s also a smaller guidebook, with just the hotel information for just 500 yen: http://www.quirkyjapan.or.tv/lovehotelguide.html

Transvestites at the Kanamara Penis Festival

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Transvestites carrying a giant penis through the streets of Kanagawa City.

Video of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SggvPrkoJUI
Shrine homepage: http://tomuraya.co.jp/wakamiya.htm (Japanese only)

2-3-16 Daishi Eki-mae, Misaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Inside the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu.

To get there, take the Keikyu line from Shinagawa Station. Transfer to the Keikyu-Daishi Line at Keikyu Kawasaki Station and get out at Keikyu-Daishi. It takes about 45 minutes and costs 580 yen. It starts at 10:00 AM.web analytics

There are other posts about the festival here:
https://qjphotos.wordpress.com/?s=kanamara

Konseishin, the Penis God

Included with the admission fee to Izu Gokurakuen (Paradise Park) in Izu is a small sex museum. The museum was made by a family that claims their devotion to Buddhism made them want to share their vision of the afterlife with everyone, so why they included this sex museum is a bit of a mystery.

This statue is of Konseishin (a.k.a. Konsei Daimyoujin and Konseisama), an phallic god who is believed to bring fertility, cure sexual problems, and bring general prosperity. The sign says, “If you chant Nanmu Konsei Diamyoujin, rub the penis three times and ring the bell (it’s hanging from his penis) you will get the increase your sexual power and improve your financial fortunes.

By the way, I found an interesting master’s thesis written in English on Japanese sex gods while researching Konseijin. The URL is: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/15872/1/MQ41005.pdfweb analytics

Sex Information Business

A sex information business (fuuzoku annai-jo) in Osaka. Every red light district in Japan has at least several of these businesses, which send men to sex businesses, or set them up with prostitutes who meet them in nearby love hotels.web analytics

Kamen Kanibaru Love Hotel (Gang Snowmans)

It’s finished! After three years of hard work, I’ve finally finished my love hotel book. It’s filled with information about the kinkiest, wildest love hotels in Japan. There’s behind the scenes looks, detailed descriptions of the best hotels all over Japan, history, interviews with owners and staff, area guides, and much, much more. It should be available in a couple of months.

This photo is of an S&M room in at the Kamen Kanibaru (formerly Gang Snowmans) love hotel in Osaka. The theme of this truly strange hotel is Yakuza Snowmen, and every room has obviously been created with a great amount of TLC. There are interesting little touches everywhere, like the little igloos in the lobby where couples can sit and wait for a room to become available, a cool snowman shaped TV, and free ice cream bars in the lobby. The artwork is truly amazing, especially the black light pictures of Snowmen in flying convertibles, flying through space or getting ready for a gangland hit with icy machine guns in their hands. Kamen Kanibaru specializes in S&M rooms, with a wide variety of things to hold on or be tied to.

From exit #3 of Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line, turn right and walk south, down Tanimachi-suji. Walk six blocks and turn right. Then take an immediate left, and you’ll see Gang Snowmans on the right side.
Avrg. Sat. rest: 4,520 | Avrg. Sat stay: 8,400
Address: Tennoji-ku, Ikutamadera-machi 4-4, Tel. (06) 6772-1415


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