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Tohoku Bonds (Kizuna) Festival June 10 (Sat.) and 11 (Sun.), 2017

May 01, 2017

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Each of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region—Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata and Fukushima—is well known for hosting its own vigorous, large-scale summer festival. Taking place in the prefectural capitals, they include the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, the Sansa Odori Festival in Morioka, the Tanabata Festival in Sendai, the Kanto Lantern Festival in Akita, the Hanagasa Festival in Yamagata, and the Waraji Festival in Fukushima. Now all six of these celebrations can be enjoyed in a single mega-event, the Tohoku Rokkon (Six-Soul) Festival, held this year for the fourth time and producing more merriment than ever.
Satoshi Aoki, who works in the tourism and products section of the Commerce and Tourism Department of the city of Yamagata, was in charge of this year’s Tohoku Rokkon Festival held in Yamagata Prefecture. “The idea of the six prefectures doing something together had been around for a longtime,” Aoki explains. “The impetus that finally got us to do it was, ironically, the Great East Japan Earthquake. A large number of companies offered assistance to get the recovery started. A festival, as a way to restore our spirits, came together as the Tohoku Rokkon Festival, with the first one taking place in 2011 in Sendai.”      
The Japanese word “kizuna” will be globally recognized as a term for people around the world to connect and communicate with each other. Connected with kizuna bonds, Tohoku will continue to advance toward the future in an integrated manner.


Tohoku Bonds (Kizuna) Festival
WhenJune 10 (Sat.) and 11 (Sun.), 2017
WhereLocation (Planned) - Event venues Nishi Park, Kotodai Park, etc. - Parade route Jozenji Street (intersection of Bansui Street) to Higashi-nibancho Street (intersection of Aoba Street): Approximately 1.1 km(map)
DescriptionPlace : Kotodai Park

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Notes : Time June 10 (Sat.): 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
June 11 (Sun.): 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Parade: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sendai City Cultural Bureau Tohoku Collaboration Promotion Office
Sendai Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
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