Kanto Festival is one of the biggest summer festivals celebrated in Tohoku region. The festival is held annually in the beginning of August three nights in a row. The festival dates back to Edo Period, originated from Neburi Nagashi, a summer celebration for ridding maliciousness and illness. People living in Akita celebrated this with long bamboo poles lined with dozens of lit paper lanterns. This instrument is called Kanto (竿燈). Besides to get rid of maliciousness, the locals celebrate it in hope of an abundant grain harvest.