The Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus, is becoming increasingly popular, and last year more than 30,000 Japanese and foreigners attended. Funds raised go towards research into HIV and Aids. Photos: John Daub

Members welcome: all you want to know about one of Japan’s weirdest festivals

From phallus-shaped lollipops to sake that tastes like semen, here is the lowdown on the Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus, which celebrates fertility and promotes safe sex

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The Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus, is becoming increasingly popular, and last year more than 30,000 Japanese and foreigners attended. Funds raised go towards research into HIV and Aids. Photos: John Daub
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