The kiriko of Noto Peninsula will swing again in the sky of Ushitsu, Ishikawa Prefecture. These few meter-tall, box-shaped Shinto lanterns are paraded around the town every year to the sounds of vigorous chanting and the pulsating rhythm of taiko drums.

Abare Festival, roughly translated as Fire and Violence Festival, will kick off a series of annual Noto Kiriko Festivals, which are held in more than 100 communities across the peninsula from July to September.

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