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輪島キリコ会館 Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

  • Culture / Art / History
  • Around Noto-hanto
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Around Noto-hanto
6-1, Marine-town, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa 928-0008, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Traditional lanterns in a new exhibition space

  • Arts

During the summer and autumn festivals, people bring big lanterns called kiriko in the Noto peninsula. The people are under the protection of the local deity parade and lead a portable shrine (called mikoshi) with kirikos. They parade with kirikos while shouting bravely. If you take a free map of kiriko festivals in the Noto peninsula, you will see that many kiriko festivals take place every year.

Wajima kiriko Art Museum was relocated to Wajima Marine Town on March, 2015. It takes about 5 minutes from Wajima morning market.
The renewed museum seems to have been influenced by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa because traditional kirikos are exhibited like contemporary art. LED lights change colors to fit different timings : day time, evening and night time.
7 big kirikos and 24 kirikos are exhibited in the first floor. There are big photo panels, maps and explanation. The height of the biggest kiriko is 15 meters and its weight is 2.5 tons. 250 people carry the kiriko. The main body of the kiriko was made of a 400 year old Ate tree, a kind of cypress that is called Ate in the Ishikawa prefecture. And, the 15 meters poles are made of 200 year old cedar trees.
In the museum, a guide explanation is held often. It helps understanding about a basic outline of kiriko with real examples.

You can also see the kiriko display closely from the first floor to the second floor.
Kirikos are created without using any nails, as in Japanese shrines.

On the second floor, there is a screen theater. You can watch documentary images of festivals. You can see how kiriko is used in festivals and feel the festival atmosphere.

The third floor is an observation deck. You can see the sea of Japan. There is a big torch at the center of the floor used in festivals. The big torch comes through from the first to the third floor so in the museum shop on the first floor, you can also see the torch. And, there are many original goods only to buy there too.

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