Ishizaki-machi is a fishing town on Nanao Bay. On the first Saturday of August, a dynamic summer festival is held at Ishizaki Hachiman Shrine. A hoto is a sacred lantern with carrying rods that accompanies a portable shrine. Originally, floats in the style of Gion Shrine in Kyoto were used, but they were burnt by repeated fires. In 1889, people started to use old kiriko lanterns brought from the northern Noto area. Seven 12~15m-tall lanterns and seven smaller lanterns are used. The large lanterns weigh two tons, and are carried by 100 people. In the evening, the lanterns are lit, and the pictures of samurai warriors and Chinese characters that decorate them can be seen clearly. The festival reaches its climax when people’s cheerful shouts echo through the town and the lanterns dance wildly.