Nanao City, Wajima City, Anamizu Town, Noto Town and Shika Town
Kiriko festivals are held from July through October in 170 districts of six municipalities from Shika Town to the northern tip of the Noto Peninsula. Kiriko is the shortened name for a kiriko lantern, which is used to light up the path for portables shrines. There was believed to be a sacred soul in a kiriko lantern with a bamboo frame. The lanterns vary in size from small ones carried by children to huge, 15m-tall ones that are carried by more than 100 men. On festival days, young people march around the town, carrying kiriko. The origin of kiriko festivals is not known; however, there is a record of a kiriko having been used in 1646 for the festival of Sumiyoshi Shrine in Wajima. Kiriko festivals are special events for local communities. People say that they always return to their home town for its kiriko festivals, even if they cannot come back during the Obon season and New Year’s holidays.