[Movie] Kiriko lantern float festivals begin on Noto Peninsula

The Yomiuri Shimbun Seven-meter-tall kiriko lantern floats are moved around gigantic blazing torches in Ushitsu Port in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, on July 7 as part of Abare Matsuri, or “rampage festival.” The festival is the first in a series of Kiriko Matsuri lantern float festivals on the Noto Peninsula. As soon as the 8-meter-tall torches are lit, about 40 giant lantern floats are brought in and moved around the shower of fiery sparks as spectators watch. The event dates back to about 350 years ago when people carrying lanterns on their shoulders visited a local shrine to give thanks for the end of an epidemic. Kiriko festivals are held in about 200 districts on the Noto Peninsula between July and September every year. [Released on July 8, 2017]

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