The Blue Impulse of the Air Self-Defense Force on Sunday demonstrated precision flying aerobatics in the first air show in seven years at its base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture.
The air base had suspended the event after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami heavily damaged the facility. Sunday's show was held to mark the completion of reconstruction work at the base, Fuji TV reported.
About 43,000 people visited the base on Sunday to watch the show by the aircraft. The planes formed a giant heart in the sky.
Visitors were able to walk on the tarmac after the show and look at various planes.
Originally founded in 1960 as a team of F-86 Sabres, the Blue Impulse changed to the Mitsubishi T-2 in 1980 and then to the Kawasaki T-4 in 1995.© Japan Today