The Kanamara Matsuri (“Festival of the Steel Phallus”) is a very popular celebration in Kawasaki, Japan. The first Sunday in April, the Kanayama Shrine welcomes thousands of visitors from Japan and from all over the world. The phallus remains the main attraction of the festival and it takes different forms of representation (candles, t-shirts, candies…). These pictures are from the 2018 edition, which took place on April 1st.
I did this photo series, Lucky Me 🙂, this year during my second trip to Japan. I was intrigued by all this “kawaii” characters and mascots that you can find in everyday life. They were like my “guides” during my stay and my entry ticket to discover a fun and colourful side of the Japanese society. These characters are a childhood reminiscence (the famous Hello Kitty), but also a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional yokai (spirit creatures present in folklore and art). At some point, the daily objects became also a character in itself.