Nagoya-City Kinekosa Festival
Date : 02/28/2021
The faithful following of millenary traditions made this festival figure among The Three Strange Festivals of Owari, together with the Hosha Shinji Ritual of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and the Hadaka Naked Festival of Konomiya Shrine. The ritualistic procedures are part of prayers for warding off ill fortune and asking for an abundant harvest - or otherwise business prosperity - and world peace, among other supplications. The festival centers around a group of previously selected twelve men, called yakusha (ten ato-yaku and two koyaku), who endure purification rituals for three days straight before the main event.