Spirits of Tohoku

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunFestival participants in Fukushima carry a 12-meter-long waraji straw sandal, foreground, leading a parade that showcases the major summer festivals from the Tohoku region’s six prefectures on Saturday, the first day of the two-day Tohoku Kizuna (bonds) Festival. It was the third holding of the annual event, which was launched as the successor to the Tohoku Rokkon (six souls) Festival that rotated in the region from 2011 to 2016 to express hopes for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.Speech

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