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— An inside look at the ancient fertility festival in Komaki, Japan —
Each year, thousands of Japanese gather at the Tagata Jinja shrine in the southern town of Komaki to pray for a good harvest, and for increased fertility in human beings. A large wooden phallus is paraded through the streets. Ceremonies are performed to curry the favor of the shrine’s spirit. But in Japan today the birth rate has dropped precipitously, and the older generation complains that few young people are interested in having families anymore.