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Held in Nanao, Ishikawa pref., every May, the Seihakusai Festival (青柏祭) features three enormous floats that are said to ward off evil monkeys. (There’s lots of good information in English on Experience Kanazawa.) The Noto region of Ishikawa is famous for its summer festivals, but they’re not just kiriko (huge lantern) festivals.

Behold the dekayama:

Seihakusai Festival @ The Lobster Dance

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On 6 August, I headed down to Mikawa for the Kawakita Matsuri (川北まつり) and Hokkoku Shinbun Fireworks (北國大花火川北大会), the biggest fireworks display in Ishikawa. The festival is held every year in Tedorigawa (手取川), out in the middle of nowhere south of the city, on the first Saturday in August. Shuttle buses and flat-rate taxis run from Mikawa Station (美川駅) to the festival site.

It wouldn’t be a festival in Ishikawa if there weren’t something to light on fire, though.

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