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Tagata-Jinja Shrine and Mama Kannon Temple are both located in Komaki City, near Nagoya. These two places demonstrate tokens for Japanese ancient beliefs and traditions about family planning ?!

Tagata-Jinja Shrine, gods of fertility

Tagata-Jinja Shrine is the shrine of fertility for both agriculture and human being. Its annual festival held on 15th March is very popular among tourists abroad. On other days, the shrine is relatively calm, and you can walk around and observe every details of its secrets or something to be secrets Those who want to have healthy babies visit this shrine and worship. The history of this shrine can be traced up until about 1500 years ago, but its real origin is unknown. In 10th century, this shrine was listed as a highly ranked shrines throughout Japan.

In this shrine, you can see many symbols of manhood. Though, they are not very real and serious. They are huge and rather funny.

Main building of Tagata-Jinja Shrine

Main building of Tagata-Jinja Shrine

Huge penis carried around during the festival

Huge penis carried around during the festival

Old one in good color

Old one in good color

Ema (votive picture tablet), praying for having a baby

Ema (votive picture tablet), praying for having a baby

A stone offered to the shrine

A stone offered to the shrine

Another stone offered to the shrine

Another stone offered to the shrine

Another huge one

Another huge one

Bell shaped penis

Bell shaped penis

Offerings by worshipers

Offerings by worshipers

Video of the festival

Video of the festival

Mama Kannon Temple, temple of milk and breasts

Compare to Tagata-Jinja Shrine, Mama Kannon Temple is less known to foreigners. While Tagata-Jinja Shrine is for fertility, Mama Kannon is for breasts and child care. Mama Kannon's "mama" does not mean mother in English. It's just a coincidence and mama probably is the name of this place. Many women visit this temple and pray for a cure for breast cancer, having larger breasts or abundance of milk for their babies.

There are many breasts in this Temple. Many offerings are also hand-made breasts brought by female worshipers.

Main gate of the Mama Kannon Temple

Main gate of the Mama Kannon Temple

A goddess feeding her baby

A goddess feeding her baby

Wash your hands with milk

Wash your hands with milk

You can become a mother and her baby

You can become a mother and her baby

Main building of Mama Kannon Temple

Main building of Mama Kannon Temple

Breast-shaped ema

Breast-shaped ema

Guardians sold, good for souvenir

Guardians sold, good for souvenior

Beautiful pine tree like a rising dragon

Beautiful pine tree like a rising dragon

Find this elephant

Find this elephant

This temple sells special sake but not made from milk

This temple sells special sake but not made from milk

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