Hoshi Jinsha no Oyumi Matsuri 星神社のお弓祭り Kochi (Jan.)
Hoshi Jinsha no Oyumi Matsuri is held once every two years on January 8th at Hoshi Shrine, which has a history of 1,000 years. From the morning of January 1st, twelve youths from the village purify themselves in the bitter cold in Nahari River, which runs at the bottom of the shrine, and on the day of the festival shoot 1,008 arrows, to pray for a good harvest and to drive away evil spirits. When an arrow hits the target, a celebratory parade begins, and people enjoy a drinking party in the grounds of the shrine. This is an exciting and joyful matsuri of Tosa.
Hoshi Jinsha, Kotsumo, Kitagawa-mura, Aki-gun, Kochi
Approx. 30 min. by taxi from Nahari station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen-Nahari line.
Approx. 80 min. from the Nankoku interchange of the Kochi Expressway.