Kiriko matsuri are a series of festivals unique to the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. The festivals feature towering kiriko lanterns — sometimes four stories tall — carried around towns by residents. During this time, the festivities last well through the night and the dark skies are illuminated with fireworks and the soft glow of fire torches and the lanterns themselves.

During the summer, there are over two dozen kiriko matsuri held throughout Ishikawa Prefecture, one of the biggest being held at the end of August in Wajima city. If you haven’t yet visited this region of Japan, summer is a great time to do so. The Kiriko matsuri are sure to provide entertainment and activities for all.

As with other Japanese festivals, you can expect traditional dances and food stalls.