Tohoku Rokkon Festival being held

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 7月 18, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

  A special  festival  “Tohoku Rokkon Festival”(/東北六魂祭, the festival of the six souls of  the Northeast  Region of Japan) is currently being held  Jul.16-17th in Sendai City in Miyagi Pref.

 There are six prefectures in Tohoku, namely, Aomori,Akita,Iwate,Miyagi,Yamagata,and Fukushima. Each prefecture of those have  traditional and famous one festivals respectively called The Six Major Festivals of Tohoku, all of which are usually  held separately in their own prefecture in summer. However,  some city mayors in those prefectures jointly resolved to host those six festivals together in one venue to make them a special “one big festival of Tohoku” this year in order to commemorate the souls of  the casualties of the earthquake and tsunami disasters in East Japan in March and  declare the determination and mental preparedness  of the people for reconstruction of the damaged areas in Tohoku.

The six major festivals of Tohoku are; 

 Aomori Nebuta Festival(Aomori Pref.) ,

 Akita Kanto Festival (Akita Pref.),

 Morioka Sansa Odori Festival(Iwate Pref.) ,

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival(Yamagata Pref.) ,

Sendai Tanabata Festival (Miyagi Pref.) ,

and,   Fukushima Waraji Matsuri festival (Fukushima Pref.) .

 In the beginning,   the steering committee of the Rokkon Festival  expected some 100,000 people would visit the festival.  What is surprising is, however,  actuyally more than 360,000 visitors in total joined the festival in the two days, which forced the facilitators to operate the parade of  the decorated floats of  all the six festivals on a smaller scale than oroginally planned in order to avoid possible accidents and confusions .  

At the venue of the festival, there are a lot of stalls to sell agricultural or fishery produces from the damaged areas of the disasters as a part of  supproting efforts of  rebuilding economy in those areas or Tohoku as a whole.

There are a lot of visitors to the festival who buy such produces of  the regional specialties. 

The unexpectedly  huge numbers of  visitors to the event clearly and positively shows the people’s energy and passion of  reconstructing  the  damaged areas and  Tohoku region or whole of Japan.

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