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Summer festivals from across Japan’s Tohoku region meet in Sendai; Nebuta Float shown on opening day


The Yomiuri Shimbun
Visitors watch a nebuta float at the Tohoku Kizuna Festival in Sendai on Saturday.

SENDAI — The Tohoku Kizuna Festival, a two-day event showcasing iconic summer festivals from each of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region, opened Saturday in Sendai.

The main venue featured a nebuta float from the Aomori Nebuta Festival and about 80 people performed the local dance Suzume Odori from Miyagi Prefecture.

“I want to learn more about Tohoku’s festivals and visit different places in the region,” said a 16-year-old from Sendai’s Izumi Ward.

The Tohoku Kizuna Festival is the successor to the Tohoku Rokkonsai Festival, which was held annually in each of the six prefectures from 2011 to 2016 to wish for recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The latest edition is the second time Miyagi organizes the festival.

The Morioka Sansa, Sendai Tanabata, Akita Kanto, Yamagata Hanagasa and Fukushima Waraji festivals will be featured at Sunday’s event.

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