Photographs taken by Joseph Hawkins at the 1996
Tagata Honen Festival in Kamaki, Japan. This annual Shinto festival is a
fertility rite and a celebration of life, and its key focus is a large phallus
carved from a sacred Japanese cypress tree. The collection also includes
descriptive labels from an exhibit of the photographs, mementos from the
festival, and a 1993 map of Japan.
Joseph Hawkins received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of
Southern California, with a dissertation on homosexuality in Japan. He took the
photographs in this collection at the 1996 Tagata Honen Festival in Kamaki,
Japan. This Shinto festival, held annually on March 15, is a fertility rite and
a celebration of life, and its key focus is a large phallus carved from a
sacred Japanese cypress tree.
3 oversize boxes
2 linear feet
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