Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Name
Noto Fireworks
Address
Azuma, Hôdatsushimizu Town
Category
Life
Class
Agro-based art
Age
17th century~19th century
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Azuma is a small village with around 90 residents, referred to as the “pyrotechnician’s village” since most men living in the village have a pyrotechnics license. Gunpowder, which was once used as a weapon, came to be used for making fireworks in the middle of the Edo period. In Noto, young men manufactured fireworks for festivals. In Azuma, fireworks have been used for the autumn festival since ancient times. The technique of shooting fireworks from bamboo pipes has been handed down from one generation to the next. In the Meiji period, boys started to participate in fireworks manufacturing when they turned 13. Subsequently, the priests of Tehayahime Shrine started passing down the technique, and eventually it was succeeded by Noto Enka Co., Ltd., after its establishment in 1933. Now, the gorgeous aerial fireworks produced here are used in the firework festivals of Ishikawa and other prefectures in the Kansai and Chubu districts.
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