Experience the magic of the Noto’s illumination events this summer!
- Misogigawa Festival 御祓川まつり, Nanao; July 24
- Noto Peninsula Northernmost Illumination 能登半島最北端の灯り, Suzu; July 24
- The Eve of the Tale of Orihime Summer Festival 織姫夏ものがたり前夜祭, Nakanoto; July 30
1．Misogigawa Matsuri 御祓川まつり
July 24 (Saturday) 15：00-20：30
Misogigawa Nanao-shi Ikoma-chou
Along the left-hand side of the Misogigawa River at Sentai-bashi and Taiheibashi bridges
A purification ritual to pray to the river, this festival features a stunning lantern-float on the Misogigawa River.
15:00 Opening taiko performance
16:00 Nanao Shopping-District Association’s Tent City
17:30 Misogigawa Festival starts (cleansing ceremony, purification ritual)
18:00 Candle lighting
18:30 One-woman show: Yasuki Hiroko in “Silent Mononobe”
20:00 Prayers to the River Concert and candle-float
Take the Noto Tetsudo 能登鉄道 from the north or the JR Nanao Line JR (七尾本線) from the south (both toward Nanao 七尾). Get off at Nanao Station (七尾駅). 5-minute walk from Nanao Station.
Take the Hokutetsu Kanazawa-Nanao bus (北鉄バス) to Nanao-eki mae 七尾駅前. 5-minute walk from Nanao Station.
There is a parking lot facing Nanao City Hall 七尾市役所; no charge after 8 pm. 5-minute walk.
2. Noto Hantou Saihokutan no Akari 能登半島最北端の灯り
July 24 (Saturday) 18:30-20:00
Suzu-shi Roushi-machi Rokkozaki Toudai (Rokkozaki Lighthouse)
This illumination event takes place at the northern-most point of Ishikawa, Rokkozaki Lighthouse. Over 4000 candles in lanterns will be lit.
While there are buses that go to Suzu from the south, the Lighthouse is only accessible by car.
Impressions of last year’s festival at Notonoroshi.
3. The Eve of the Tale of Orihime Summer Festival 織姫夏ものがたり前夜祭
July 30 (Friday), 18:30-20:30
Nakanoto-machi Rekutopia Park
The 5000 candles lighting the trees give this illumination event the appearance of the Milky Way, called the River of Heaven (天の川) in Japanese, where the weaver princess Orihime can meet her lover Hikoboshi just once a year during Tanabata season if the weather is clear. The soft light candles mirroring the stars in the sky is the perfect compliment to the romance of Tanabata season.
929-1721 Ishikawa-ken Kashima-gun Nakanoto-machi Ida HO-25
Behind the Kashima AL Plaza アルプラザ鹿島
Take the JR Nanao Line (JR七尾線）to Yoshikawa (良川). 25-minute walk.
Take the Kanazawa-Nanao Hokutetsu bus (see schedule on right ) to Kashima Chousha Mae (鹿島庁舎前)。5-minute walk.
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. Stay tuned to the Ishikawa JET Blog for more illuminations this summer.