This town is best known for its festivals. Seihakusai festival, a 400-year-old tradition held May 3–5, is essentially three days of nonstop partying. Huge (26-foot) 10-ton floats resembling ships called deka-yama (big mountains) are paraded through the streets. At midnight the floats become miniature Kabuki stages for dance performances by costumed children. Since Seihakusai festival is celebrated during Golden Week, when almost everyone in Japan is on vacation,
it's a wild scene. The men pulling the floats are given generous and frequent libations of beer and sake, and the crowd also suffers no shortage of refreshments.
Nanao, Ishikawa-ken, Japan