Hap-penis – Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
March 31 - May 12
In honor of the 50th anniversary of a Japanese tradition, Kanamara Matsuri, Festival of the Steel Phallus, La Vie Galerie LLC is presenting a special exhibit by international artist Kou Shou –Hap-penis. The images are lyrical and fun with the penis being personified in everyday activities. The exhibit runs from March 31 to May 12, 2019 with an Opening Reception on March 31st from 12 – 4pm.
The festival, which will be on April 7th this year, is a celebration of the penis and fertility. The festival is centered around a Shinto shrine in Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo. People parade phallic shaped Shinto shrines down the street, revelers enjoy penis decorated snacks, purchase penis themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of penises.
Within the shrine, there is a second inner shrine dedicated to the goddess of creation, Izanami who is one of the most important deities of the Shinto religion. After she gave birth to her son, Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, she died thus the shrine is dedicated to sexual health. From the Edo era (17th Century), people have prayed at the shrine to recover from sexually transmitted diseases which were very prevalent in Japan at the time. The actual festival began in 1969.
Kanamara, steel penis, symbolizes protection from STD as well as on a broader level, fertility and sexual harmony. Today the festival is designed to raise awareness about safe sex practices and is a fund raiser for HIV prevention.
Join us at La Vie Galerie LLC 106 Naylon Ave. Livingston, New Jersey for a celebration – Hap-penis.
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