Floating pleas for peace

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunAbout 3,500 paper lanterns float down the Sumidagawa river in Taito Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday, bearing messages for peace and the repose of the souls of people who lost their lives in the river in tragedies including the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945. The annual festival started in 1946 but was halted in 1965 because construction of a tidal breakwater made it difficult to launch the lanterns. It resumed in 2005 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.Speech

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