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Nagoya-City Kinekosa Festival

Date : 02/26/2024

  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival
  • Kinekosa Festival

One of the three strange festival of the Owari region, Kinekosa Festival takes place every January 17 on the lunar calendar and constitutes prayers for a bountiful harvest, peace on Earth, and protection against evil—the last being known for its miraculous efficiency.
Twelve men known as "Yakusha" act as the main drivers of the festival and abstain from meat and fish as a form of purification for three days inside the shrine office until the festival day.

The festival is comprised of the following three different stages.

1. River Festival: The Yakushas wade into the cold waters of the Shonai River and plant a tall bamboo pole in the riverbed, which one of them climbs. The pole invariably ruptures in the middle, and the direction it breaks is used in divination.
2. Ancient Procession: Shrine priests, the Yakushas, and parishioners parade down the main road to the temple in garb worn since time immemorial.
3. Main Festival / Purification Ritual: Each of the Yakushas perform their allotted tasks on the shrine grounds in order with ritualistic tools. Those who come in contact with the tools are said to be purified with evil driven away, so the Yakushas actually strike festival-goers with the tools.

The purification ritual may be what classifies this festival as one of the three strange festivals of the Owari region. Those who are currently of an unlucky age in Japanese tradition group together and are hit—rather hard—in the butts. This custom alone is something you won't see at other more typical festivals in Japan. The customs have been passed down through the generations and are designated intangible folk cultural properties by the city of Nagoya.


Date : Mon, Feb, 2024 (each Jan 17 on the lunar calendar)
Holding time : River Festival: 12:30 pm / Ancient Procession: 2:00 pm / Main Festival: 3:00 pm / Purification Ritual: 3:30 pm
Place : River Festival: West of Shichishosha Shrine at Shonai River / Ancient Procession: Shichishosha Shrine's entry road / Main Festival and the Purification Ritual: Shichishosha Shrine
Location : 〒453-0862
7 Kamikoji, Iwatsuka-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Fee : Free of charge
Parking : Unavailable
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 052-412-3671 (head priest's home number)

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    Access by public transport
    15-min. walk west from Iwatsuka Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line (board from Nagoya Station).

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