This festival, one of Kochi Prefecture’s three main festivals, has a history of over 200 years and is held from Feb. 9 to 11 every year. Its highlight is a performance in which young men in Edo-era firefighting outfits hurl vertically into the air 6.5-meter-long “Torigebo” (bamboo poles with chicken tail-feather decorations atop) while dancing. On the opening day of the three-day festival, a spirit divided from Akiba Shrine’s tutelary deity is transferred to Iwaya Shrine, and to the Ichikawa family at midnight the following day. The spirit is carried in a miniature shrine from Iwaya Shrine on the morning of the third day before returning to Akiba Shrine in a procession.
Besshi Motomura, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa County, Kochi Prefecture
Regional Development Section, Niyodowa General Branch, Niyodogawa Town Office