2011 Kanazawa Fire Department’s New Year’s Festivities (金沢市消防出初式)

Come celebrate the new year with Kanazawa Fire Department! This event features the firefighters of Kanazawa performing the Kaga Tobi (加賀鳶梯子登り), a form of acrobatics on ladders, and a test of strength and endurance–braving the cold in nothing but loincloths and spraying each other with fire hoses.

Photo by Leah Zoller. 2010.

This event is so famous that there is a Ishikawa-only Kaga Tobi Hello Kitty phone strap, so be sure to go see it!

金沢市消防出初式 (Kanazawa-shi Shoubou Dezoumeshiki)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
10-11 am
Kanazawa Castle Park, Shinmaru Square
金沢城公園 新丸広場
〒920-0937 石川県金沢市丸の内1-1

Free admission!

Take the bus bound for “Kenrokuen shita” (兼六園下) from Kanazawa Station (East Gate bus-boarding area #3; West Gate bus-boarding area #4); get off at Kenrokuen-shita and walk for 2 minutes to Kanazawa Castle (金沢城).


Official site (Japanese, has pictures)
Ishikawa JET Blog post on the 2010 event
General information on Kanazawa Tourism’s site (English)

Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. She went to the festival last year–it was freezing cold and pouring rain but totally worth it!


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