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Tagata-Jinja Shrine, gods of fertility, and Mama Kannon Temple, temple of milk and breasts in Komaki
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
Huge penis carried around during the festival
Old one in good color
Ema (votive picture tablet), praying for having a baby
A stone offered to the shrine
Another stone offered to the shrine
Another huge one
Bell shaped penis
Offerings by worshipers
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
A goddess feeding her baby
Wash your hands with milk
You can become a mother and her baby
Main building of Mama Kannon Temple
Guardians sold, good for souvenir
Beautiful pine tree like a rising dragon
Find this elephant
This temple sells special sake but not made from milk
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