From the 17th to the 19th century, sex workers would frequent the site to pray for either protection or cure from sexually transmitted diseases. Money transfers. The day-long festival takes place on the first Sunday of April at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, a city just south of Tokyo.
Our first half hour was all right, there was quite a good atmosphere and it was cool seeing the floats go past. Comment posted! It is also said the shrine offers divine protections for business prosperity, and for the clan's prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony. Gabriel H.