In early June Kanazawa's main annual festival commemorates the first time the region's rice production hit one million koku (around 150,000 tonnes). There's a parade of townsfolk in 16th-century costumes, takigi nō …
Over the first Friday and Saturday in July, 40 kiriko lantern floats are paraded around the streets of Ushitsu and showered in embers from giant torches. Who said fire and sake don't mix?
Performances of traditional Japanese dance and music are held on the banks of the Asano-gawa during the second weekend of April.
This festival features participants wearing demon masks and seaweed head gear and culminates in a frenzy of wild drumming.
In early January scantily clad firemen brave the cold, imbibe sake and demonstrate ancient firefighting skills on ladders.
Wajima's famous, towering, illuminated kiriko festival floats parade through the streets to much excitement.
Kanazawa's increasingly popular film festival screens an eclectic mix of Japanese and foreign-language films.