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Kanazawa City New Year fire brigades' parade

Date: 10th January 2016

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Address: Shinmaru Hiroba in Kanazawa Castle Park

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Post code: 920-0937

Admission: Free

Closest bus stop: Kenrokuenshita (兼六園下)

Over 1,000 firefighters and volunteers from 49 fire brigades get together for the New Year to demonstrate their firefighting spirit and techniques in Kanazawa Castle Park.


Date: 10 January 2016

They climb up ladders to perform a traditional firefighting technique called “Kaga-tobi”, a form of acrobatics on ladders and one of Kanazawa’s cultural assets. Firefighters dressed in nothing but Fundoshi loincloths perform simultaneous fire hose water spraying, creating a dynamic display of bravery and traditional skill. Kaga-tobi ladder climbing began during the Edo period. In the event of a fire, firefighters used to climb ladders to look around the area and battle the fire. The Kaga-tobi firefighting technique has been handed down through generations to this day.

Photo: Kanazawa City