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The Temple Of The Bathroom God


Clearly the title provides it away however earlier than asking my father-in-law to drive us all to Myotoku-ji temple (234 Ichiyama, Izu-shi) I wasn’t actually certain why it was thought of a unusual place. During the last couple of years although I’ve come to belief my supply for such locations however on arrival I couldn’t for the lifetime of me work out what (if something in any respect!) was fascinating about this temple aside from a kannon statue on the roof. We requested the woman working there however she was simply overlaying for the proprietor and was clueless as to why it could be of curiosity to individuals past the traditional causes for visiting such a spot.

A few of you may assume the 2 footage on the prime of this submit give it away however we didn’t even discover that phallic rock formation in entrance of the temple till we had been leaving. We had been really on the verge of leaving this common run-of-the-mill temple till I did a fast google search and the phrase トイレ(rest room) was the one Japanese phrase which caught out so I requested the place the bathrooms had been situated and went to analyze!

The trail down the aspect of the temples fundamental corridor results in the bathrooms however simply earlier than them is what I had been searching for. There’s a small room devoted to the deity of the bathroom providing aid for well being issues regarding the digestive tract and reproductive organs. Or only a load of phallic formed wood and stone carvings in case you desire!!


Such female and male genitalia are donations from the temples believers and touching or stroking them will supposedly assist stop stomach ailments in later life via the facility of the deity Ususama Myōō.


Myotoku-ji temple is situated close to the village of Yugashima and it was apparently solely found within the mid 1970’s by some reporters from the nationwide broadcasting firm NHK.


I didn’t actually discover it however it seems that this temple sells underwear which is in style with guests and has really introduced some surprising wealth to the homeowners of this place.


The kid in me is all the time amused by the sight of such phallic symbols. In spite of everything, I’ve attended the Penis Pageant in Kawasaki 4 occasions now to not point out visiting a number of different locations regarding the anatomy such because the breast temple in Yamaguchi prefecture (a 2.5 hour a technique journey!) and the Grownup Museum in Atami. In contrast, this was pretty straightforward and only a slight detour from the primary street in Izu Metropolis the place we had been been on the wasabi path.

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