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 and showered in embers from giant torches. Who said fire and sake don't mix?
Having reached its 10th anniversary in 2016, Kanazawa's increasingly popular film festival, screening an eclectic mix of Japanese and foreign-language films, has finally come of age.
Wajima's famous, towering, illuminated kiriko festival floats parade through the streets to much excitement in late August.
Performances of traditional Japanese dance and music are held on the banks of the Asano-gawa during the second weekend of April.
In early January scantily clad firemen brave the cold, imbibe sake and demonstrate ancient firefighting skills on ladders.
This festival features participants wearing demon masks and seaweed head gear and culminates in a frenzy of wild drumming.