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

Traditional Kirikos in a new exhibition space

  • Arts

In summer and autumn festivals, people bring big lanterns called Kiriko in the Noto Peninsula. People under the protection of the local deity parade and lead a portable shrine (Mikoshi) with Kirikos. And, they parade and turn Kirikos with shouting bravely. If we watch a distribution map of Kiriko festivals in the Noto Peninsula, we can see that so many Kiriko festivals take place every year.

Wagima Kiriko Art Museum was relocated to Wagima Marine Town on March, 2015. It takes about 5 minutes from Wagima Asaichi.
The renewed museum seems to have some influence of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. It is because traditional Kirikos are exhibited like contemporary art. LED lights are turning their colors to arrange daytime, evening and nighttime. We can have feeling to see Kiriko in a festival.
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. The weight is 2.5 tons. 250 people carry the Kiriko. The main body of the Kiriko was made of 400 year old Ate tree. A kind of Cypress dolabrata is called Ate in Ishikawa prefecture. And, 15 meters poles are made of 200 year old ceder trees.
In the museum, explanation by a guide is held repeatedly. We can understand about a basic outline of Kiriko with real examples.

There is a slope to the second floor. It might be for barrier free and we can see the Kiriko displays closely from the first floor to the second floor.
We can see more details. Art and craft skills seem to be concentrated on Kiriko. Kiriko is created without using any nails. It is the same as Japanese shrine.

In the second floor, there is a screen theater. We can watch documentary images of festivals. We can see how Kiriko is used in the festivals and feel some festival atmosphere.

The third floor is an observation deck. We can see the Sea of Japan. There is a big torch at the center of the floor. It is used in a festival. The big torch comes through from the first to the third floor. In the museum shop on the first floor, we can also see the torch. And, there are many original goods only to buy here. So, please check it up.

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