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The Tohoku Kizuna Festival (formerly known as Tohoku Rokkonsai) started in 2011, and features a gathering of six different festivals–Aomori Nebuta Festival, Akita Kanto Festival, Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Yamagata Hanagasa Festival, Sendai Tanabata Festival, and Fukushima Waraji Festival–in memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the recovery efforts carried out ever since, with 2020 marking the 10th anniversary of the event.
However, with the 2020 Yamagata event postponement due to COVID-19 restrictions, all six festivals set to be held during the Tohoku Kizuna Festival were cancelled.
Festivals are part of Japanese soul. They preserve and nurture tradition, and pass it along to future generations. The Tohoku Kizuna Festival was born in the midst of adversity following the earthquake disaster. Now is the time to stand up again, and light a new fire, for new kizuna (bonds).
Yamagata 2021 Tohoku Kizuna Festival Theme
The Yamagata 2021 Tohoku Kizuna Festival will be held in accordance with thorough COVID-19 prevention measures in an effort to provide as safe and secure of an experience as possible, as a beacon of hope for the festivals of Japan.
Tohoku Kizuna Festival Executive Committee
Chairman & Yamagata Mayor