(Kinekosa Festival)

Jan. 17 of the lunar calendar

Shichisho-sha (shrine)

In this festival, twelve men in yakudoshi (Ten adults age of 42 and two children age of 7? and 16?)
take very important roles.

It has been said that Kinekosa Festival has history of more than 1,000 years.
Every January 17th in the lunar calendar, it is held in order to pray for
the driving away of bad fortune, prosperity of ones descendents, public peace,
a good harvest for the five grains, etc

The name of KINEKOSA derive from kine for a mallet and kosa for rice cake scraped from a mallet

This festival is considered a Nagoya City intangible cultural ethnic treasure
and is one of the three remarkable festivals in Owari area
The other two are Ishiage-matsuri in Inuyama and
Hosha-shinji in Atsuta shrine in Nagoya (maybe)
Naked festival in Kounomiya is probably special.)

The main participants in the Shinto ceremony are
ten 42-year-old men who are in
yaku-doshi and two 12-year-old boys.
They are called yakusha.
They have to be purified for three days in the Shichisho-sha shrine.
(ex. rinse their body by cold water in the morning )



River Festval
(main ceremony)

 12:30 - 
At the Shounai River (East shore)
  North of the Bamba-Oohashi bridge
near Shichisho-sha shrine

One man climbs up the bamboo tree
and the direction the bamboo tree breaksb when he reaches the top tells us
whether this year's fortune will be in good or bad.

Shinto priest purify the men
called "Yakusha"and a green
Male participants carry a
green bamboo tree to
the Shonai River
Brrrrrrrrrrrrr Cold !!!
Feb.7 2004,windy, the low
for the day was -2degC /
28.4 degF. The high
was 8 degC/ 46.4 degF
Carry the bamboo and put it
up in the middle of the river.

Climb up still climbing almost there! good luck year ? or...

Leaving the bamboo in the
river so that priests will
check the direction later
Close up


14:00 -
on the approach to the Shichisho-sha shrine

Shintou priests, yakusha (Twelve men in yakudoshi [Ten adults and two children] who participated the river festival ),
ujiko ( parishoners of a community shrine enshrining the local shinto deity/ujigami), etc.
wear traditional costumes and parade with a traditional festival music band

(main festival)

15:00 -

at Shichisho-sha shrine

Norito ( a formulaic statement in the classical language addressed to the deities)
is presented, dances by girls who are in evil year are dedicated, etc.


Evil elimination

15:30 -16:30
at Shichisho-sha shrine

It has been said that if you touch or are beaten with tools which "yakusha" have,
you can eliminate evil from your life


Men in yaku-doshi in this area wear formal black suits and make circle in front of the main shrine.
Yakusha beat them with tools they have and they compete to be beaten with them.

Each participants of the ceremony who called "yakusha" put their hands on other members' shoulder ahead of them.
Especially men in yakudoshi really want to be beaten
in order to get good luck.
"I am ready" . Visitors also want to be beaten.
"Have at you !" Hit ! Go through the crowd. People compete to touch
Oops ! The next target is.... Wow, it's coming ! These men are so happy! Kitaaaaaaa!!!!


Kagami-mochi Two pieces of kagami-mochi I got People gather at the site to receive mochi
After the kinekosa ceremony, the kagami-mochi are cut and given to the visitors.


Get off at Iwatsuka sta. on the Higashiyama subway line.
Walk to the West approximately 1200m (15 min)
Get off at subway Iwatsuka sta.
Then get on a bus bound for Todaso or Hattori.
Get off at Iwatsuka-Hondori Go-chome bus stop.


7 Aza-Kamikoji, Iwatsuka-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
TEL: 052-412-3671
FAX: 052-412-0538

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