"Ekin Festival" is held in Akaoka,Konan City,Kochi Prefecture,Japan every Saturday and Sunday in 3rd Week of July.
"Ekin" is Kinzo Hirose's nickname and he is a painter of late-Edo period and early-Meiji period.
Ekin was born in Tosa domain(Kochi Prefecture) in 1812 and he became chief retainer of Tosa domain in his young age.
But he was suspected to copy a famous Kano school's work and he was discharged from Tosa domain.
After that he lived in Akaoka and became a town painter.
He painted a lot of Shibaie-byobu(Kabuki story based picture) at town's people request.
Ekin Festival was started from 1977.
Ekin's masterpieces are awakened once a year during July, when they appear at the annual Suruta-Hachimangu Shrine Grand Festival.
Ekin's masterpieces are decollated in Akaoka at 19:00.
The sun descend at 20:00 and Ekin's masterpieces are very fantastic.
The owner explains the Ekin's picture.
There are a lot of street stall along the street of the town.
Lanterns heap up the festival.
I found "Toyonoume",a local sake(an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice) of Akaoka at Ekin Festival.
It is called "Ginjyo-Shu of Tosa's summer" and it tastes dry and light.I think it is perfect for summer.
It is perfect fit for seared bonito slice,a famous fish based-cooking of Kochi Prefecture.
Nisikawaya is a long established Japanese confectioner in Akaoka.
This shop was established in 1688.
It is at street where Ekin Festival is held and it has some arts of Edo-Period and we can see them.
This pic is Japanese-style confectionery and green tea and it is 500 yen.
This confectionery is include chestnuts and it's name is "Kanoka".
This is "Ekin-Gura", a building in which to store Ekin's masterpieces.
Bentenza,a theater,is behind Ekin-Gura.
People in Akaoka Town play Kabuki which become model for Ekin's masterpieces in Bentenza at Ekin Festival.
Berry dance and bingo game are held at a live place.
It is full of excitement.