October 1, 2011
What more can I say, it's a penis, its 475 kg and it's 3 m 20 cm long and in the middle of nowhere.
Well there actually is more to the story. These little shrines dot the countryside of Japan and there are even festivals to celebrate the penis. As you can imagine, there are shrines to the opposite sex too.
These shrines are for fertility and people often go to pray for their child's or their own fertility. People might need to start praying a little hard in light of the fact that Japan's population in shrinking.
Either way, these shrines provide a little entertainment and head scratching for non-natives when they happen upon them for the first time.