For the first time in three years, the "Kinekosa Festival", one of Owari's three most unique festivals, has been held for the first time in three years.

The "Kinekosa Festival" is a traditional festival that has been handed down over 1,000 years ago at Shichisho Shrine in Iwatsuka-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, and is considered one of the three major Owari festivals.

Due to the influence of the new corona, it was held on a smaller scale last year, but this year it was held in earnest for the first time in three years.

At the center of the festival, 12 men, including men who had a bad year last year, participated in the "River Festival Ritual" in the early afternoon.

The men carried bamboo from the precincts to the nearby Shonai River and entered the river while shouting vigorously.

Then, when a bamboo was put up in the river and one person climbed up on it, the bamboo bent big but didn't break.

The second and third climbed in order, and when the third climbed, the bamboo finally broke in the south-southeast direction.

When the bamboo broke, applause and cheers went up from the packed audience.

According to Shichishosha, the south-southeast direction is the direction of great luck, and this year will be an auspicious year.

Mr. Yoshiyuki Watanabe, who climbed the bamboo, said, "I'm happy that it's been held for the first time in three years. It didn't break easily, so I wasn't sure what would happen, but I'm glad it turned in an auspicious direction."