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Ishikawa | Hyakumangoku Matsuri Samurai Festival

Kanazawa's biggest event: a three-day festival centering on the first Saturday of June

The basis of Kanazawa was built in 1583, when Samurai Lord Maeda Toshiie, founder of the Kaga Domain, moved to Kanazawa Castle. The Hyakumangoku Matsuri, the greatest festival of Kanazawa, is held in commemoration of Toshiie's entry into the castle. The highlight of the festival is the Hyakumangoku Parade, a flamboyant procession of people in historical costumes performed on the first Saturday of June. A prominent actor plays the role of the feudal lord Toshiie Maeda every year, followed by more than 2,000 residents, including those in princesses and warriors' costumes, as well as teams who stage Kanazawa’s traditional performing arts, such as Kaga Tobi groups who reenact traditional firefighters working under the Kaga lords in Edo. The parade procession walks around the city for about two hours, ending in a finale at the Kanazawa Castle Park. After the parade finishes, a bonfire is lit with Kanazawa Castle as the backdrop, and traditional Noh dance by bonfire is performed, creating a truly fantastic atmosphere to be enjoyed.

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