Recently the NHK News reported the following:
The traditional Summer Festival, the "Ishinomaki River opening festival" was opened in Miyagi Prefecture Ishinomaki City to mourn the victims of the East Japan great earthquake this year; 10,000 floating lanterns were put into the river.
"Ishinomaki River opening festival" as the traditional summer festival that expressed gratitude to the blessing of Kitakami River that flowed through locally had its scale reduced this year; it was opened to making prayers to the earthquake victims and making wishes for the revival. The festival service was held near old Kitakami River that flowed through the central part of Ishinomaki City; during the tsunami water flowed back and had left much destruction behind at the surrounding districts. A lot of people had visited, prayers were offered to the people who were sacrificed due to the earthquake. Moreover, 10,000 floating lanterns that had written with the name of the died family member etc. were thrown into the river, and it floated with soft light amidst the dim surrounding. The number of people who had died in the earthquake went up to 3149 on the 29th, and at this moment in Ishinomaki City the whereabouts of some 900 people were not known. A woman in her thirties who was staring at the lantern said ｢A mother who often saw children's troubles had died in the tsunami, and the name is written in the lantern. The wish is for her to watch over children's growing up｣. The "Ishinomaki River opening festival" was supposed to be held on August 1, and fireworks would be launched.
It is a sad story to hear that in this area over 3,000 people had died and 900 people were missing.