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Photo Journal: Stars of the show

The traditional "Kenka Tanabata (Fighting star festival)" was held in the Kesencho district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on the evening of Aug. 7, 2018, for the first time at its original site in three years. Participants rammed floats, weighing about 4 metric tons each with a roughly 15-meter-long log attached, into each other in a vigorous display. In the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 260 residents -- 7 percent of Kesencho's population -- died or went missing. While three of the town's four floats were washed away by the tsunami, the festival resumed with two floats in 2012. From 2016, the event was held at another venue as work to elevate land was being carried out at the traditional site. Hiroshi Sato, 46, one of the organizers of the manufacturing of the floats, said, "The town's scenery has changed, but our love of the festival has not." (Mainichi)

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