Last weekend the 東北六魂祭 (Tohoku Rokkon Matsuri) was held in Sendai. The name means “Tohoku Six Spirits Festival” and is a reference to the special meaning of this festival, which was created after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The six most famous festivals in Tohoku, one from each prefecture, joined forces to hold a common festival in Sendai and encourage everyone to keep their spirits high for reconstruction.
The festival started on Saturday, but sadly I didn’t have time to go until Sunday afternoon when it was almost over and thus missed the parades. A huge crowd had gathered around the main stage. I couldn’t understand all of the song, but it was about working together, staying strong and that kind of things. Just right!
When I asked the nice people at this sweets stall if they’d mind me taking a photo, the man behind the counter asked to pixelate the faces, so I did that in the picture below. Well, except for the guy standing behind the towel. 😉 The sold oval-shaped cakes with different fillings, I bought one with anko (red bean paste).
Many people were enjoying the festival, although it was very hot. Children were playing in the fountain which you can seen in the left part of the picture.
Photos of the tsunami damage were displayed.
When I was a child, such festival games were made out of real wood. Then again, they were selling those touchscreen devices on the other side of the stall, and games without computers were available elsewhere. 😉
Of course our local mascot むすび丸 (Musubimaru), the rice-ball headed samurai with Masamune helmet, was also there. The sign says “Let’s do our best for reconstruction, Miyagi!”