5,000 pieces of fresh Pacific saury were brought directly from Ohfunato Port

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‘Pacific saury Festival at Tokyo Tower’

[From Ohfunato City-my stricken home town]

– East Japan Great Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster-

The citizens of the stricken city really wished to show their gratitude for supports


‘Pacific saury Festival at Tokyo Tower’is held on September 23. About 5,000 pieces of fresh saury were brought from Ohfunato City where suffered great damages at the tsunami on March 11.

Visitors to the symbol tower of Tokyo enjoyed tasting of broiled sauries served on free at the festival site.

The festival has been held three times each year since 2009 under the co-sponsorship of Ohfunato City and Tokyo Tower for promoting marine products of the city.

Although, most people doubted that the festival would be held or not this year, citizens of Ohfunato City strongly hoped of its open. The citizens of the stricken city really wished to show their gratitude for supports from all over Japan through the festival.

The catch of Pacific saury in Ohfunato fishing port ranks as the 4th in Japan.

However, the port suffered great damages at the disaster, such as subsidence of the wharf and washing off of fishing boats.

Its fish market partially reopened in May and now freezers and refrigerators for preserving fish have been reconstructed nearly 60% of before the disaster.

5,000 pieces of fresh Pacific saury served to visitors were brought directly from Ohfunato port after unload from fishing boat on September 20.

Fishes looked rather lager than the previous year.

‘We have waited more than two hours before served broiled Pacific saury. It was delicious with putting on rich fat.’ Mr. Hidiki Sanekuni (39) and his family from Aoba Ward, Yokoham City smiled.

They really wished earlier recovery from the disaster for stricken towns and cities.

Mr. Nobuo Niinuma (69), the bureau chief of the Ohfunato Sightseeing and Products Association, expressed at the site. ‘We must not being in tragic, but show our brave and full of vitality. Otherwise people who lost their lives at the tsunami never rest in peace. We wish to appeal our determination for reconstruction for all over Japan from the center of Tokyo.’


Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is a communication and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.5 metres (1,091 ft), it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

Built in 1958, the tower’s main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. In the Foot Town, a 4-storey building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-storey Main Observatory is located at 150 metres (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 metres (820 ft).

The tower acts as a support structure for an antenna. Originally intended for television broadcasting, radio antennas were installed in 1961 and the tower is now used to broadcast signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV. Japan’s planned digital television transition by July 2011 is problematic, however. Tokyo Tower’s current height is not high enough to adequately support complete terrestrial digital broadcasting to the area. A taller digital broadcasting tower, known as Tokyo Sky Tree, is currently planned to open in 2012.






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