Thousands of semi-naked men wearing only loincloths push against each other trying to touch the shin-otoko, in order to drive out evil spirits. The water splashed to them evaporates instantly due to frictional heat. This is certainly an unusual festival. The origin of the festival goes back to Nara period. About 250,000 people attend this festival annually.
|Address||Kounomiya Shrine, 1-1-1 Kounomiya, Inazawa city 492-8137|
(nearest railway station)
|5 minutes on foot from Konomiya station on Meitetsu Nagoya honsen line.|
|Hours||Jan 13th on the lunar calender|
|Source||Aichi Prefectural Tourist Association|