"Wanna send out our buoyant signals from the North-East!"
Six mayors representing prefectures of the North-East areas of Japan made a press conference in Sendai on May 31st. They announced that those six cities are going to produce a joint promotion event named "Tohoku -Rokkonsai" in Sendai in July 16th and 17th.
This event aims at promoting their traditional festivals to take place in summer in the respective prefectures and attracting tourists they desperately need against the disadvantages of the Fukushima accident.
Participating festivals include Aomori "Nebuta", Akita "Kantou", Morioka "Sansa", Yamagata "Hanagasa", Sendai "Tanabata" and Fukushima "Waraji".
During the promotion event, as many as 460 dancers and floats are parading in the central streets of Sendai. They expect some 100 thousand spectators to join in during the two days event.