Ishikawa’s Tomobata Festival

Guide to Japan Travel Culture

The Tomobata Matsuri is held on May 2–3 at Mifune Shrine in Port Ogi in Ishikawa Prefecture. In this festival, nine boats driven by local fishermen go around the bay to pray for a good catch for the year, accompanied by a larger boat carrying a mikoshi portable shrine. Each boat carries a 20-meter-high banner, a long, streaming flag symbolizing a good catch, and colorful windsocks. Flutes and taiko drums are played on the boats, creating a unique sound. This festival is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Ishikawa Prefecture.

(Originally published in Japanese. Created in cooperation with Kanazawa Cable Television.)

Ishikawa festival