Wajima Taisai 輪島大祭
Aug. 22-25 (Sun.-Weds.)
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Waijima Taisai is Wajima’s biggest summer festival. The festival is actually a combination of the festivals of four different shrines in Wajima in the towns of
Ama-machi (海士町): Aug. 22 (Sun.) 16:00 – 23:00
Kawai-machi (河井町): Aug. 23 (Mon.) 15:00 – 24:00
Fugeshi-machi (鳳至町): Aug. 24 (Tues.) 8:00 – 24:00
Wajimazaki-machi (輪島崎町): Aug. 25 (Weds.) 8:00 – 11:00
Wajima Taisai encompasses all the basics of a proper Noto festival into four days of celebration: mikoshi, portable shrines, taken out to sea; kiriko; a bonfire with a 12-meter pine torch; dancing and revelry in the streets. Don’t miss it!
The climax of the kiriko part of the festival will be on Aug. 23, 24, 25 at 23:00 each night.
The Ama-machi festival includes participants carrying the kiriko into the bay from 17:30 on 8/22.
Free parking available near the site of the festival. The festivals are concentrated in one part of town. Streets may be closed in certain parts of town.
Take the Hokutetsu （北鉄バス） Kanazawa-Wajima （金沢・輪島） bus toward Wajima and get off the Wajima Lacquerware Museum (Wajima Shikki Kaikan 輪島漆器会館). 10 minute walk.
Wajima city website (Japanese)
Hot-Ishikawa (English; scroll down to Great Festival of Wajima)
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. This post is part of her series on the 2010 summer festivals of Ishikawa. If you’d like to share your experiences at the Wajima Taisai, please comment!