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Doiyasa Festival
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Hime, Noto Town
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This is the summer festival of Suwa Shrine, which is located in the fishing town of Noto. It is held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of July, to pray for a good catch. On the first day, groups from three regions carry two sleeve-kiriko lanterns each and parade around the town. The highlight starts when they gather at the pier around 9:00 pm. They raise the 3.6m-tall lanterns by inserting two logs under them, accompanied by drums and cheers of “Yoitosho, yoitosho!”. Three lanterns are placed on tenma boats, which cruise around the bay. On the second day, the lanterns are paraded around the town again, and then taken into the sea. Loud cheers and festive music echo through the town. The sleeve-kiriko lantern is a type of kiriko seen on the Noto Peninsula; it is so named because of its kimono-sleeve shape.
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