Giant torches blaze away at the Taimatsu Akashi festival in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday night. Taimatsu Akashi is one of Japan’s three big fire festivals. It began in 1589, and is held to mourn and express gratitude to those lost in the battle brought to the town by feudal lord Masamune Date. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March last year, the festival now remembers those lost on that day as well. See related story here.© Japan Today
Fukushima fire festival
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