In 1977, Akaoka - Yoshikawa district society of commerce decided to develop the town.
This was how the Ekin festival was started.
The Ekin festival is an imitation of Akaoka town’s SURUDA HACHIMANGU’s festival.
On the day, there are a lot of street stalls and Ekin’s pictures are displayed along the street front of the shopping district. Also many events are held creating a lively atmosphere.
Now, an Ekin festival steering committee runs this festival. The committee members are part of the chamber of commerce, street shops and the individual owners of each folding screen picture.
The Ekin festival are supported by local street shops, companies and groups.
In 2009, each folding screen picture which is displayed on the day of the festival, was assigned a tangible cultural asset of Kochi prefecture.
◎In the case of Rain
In the case of poor weather then the pictures will be displayed at the owner’s house. If it is light rain, you can view at certain garages.
In severe weather, heavy rain or wind, many of the folding screens will not be displayed.
◎About Taking Pictures
To stop the pictures from deteriorating, please do not use a flash if you want to take any pictures. Let’s pass on the magic of Ekin to the next generations.
Please be aware of other people around you when taking any pictures.
TOSA EKIN KABUKI
To put motion to the images depicted in Ekin’s pictures, the Tosa Ekin Kabuki was founded by volunteers. The Kabuki is on the same day as the festival and is presented on the Bentenza stage in front of the Ekingura.