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4,000 wind chimes displayed in hopes of large catch in NE Japan city hit by 2011 tsunami

Wind chimes displayed in the hopes of a large catch and to drive away bad luck are seen during an event at a commercial building in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, on Aug. 8, 2020. (Mainichi/Ami Jinnai)

KESENNUMA, Miyagi -- Some 4,000 wind chimes are on display in this northeastern Japan fishing community hit hard by tsunami triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, in a new event expressing hope for a good catch and to drive away bad luck.

    The wind chimes have been hung at four commercial buildings facing onto Kesennuma Bay and that opened in July. At one of them called Mukaeru, a local designer has painted fireworks on a passage wall in fluorescent colors.

    Wind chimes are traditionally thought to drive away evil, and the ones on display have been purified at a shrine. Each of them also bears a strip of paper inscribed with a prayer for a large catch. The wind chimes are illuminated at night, creating a fantastic atmosphere for visitors.

    Keiichi Yoshida, 51, a member of the tenants committee that organized the display, told the Mainichi Shimbun, "We launched this event to encourage people to come to Kesennuma as summer festivals have been canceled due to the coronavirus. The event has attracted attention on social media, so we want to have it take root as a new local festival in this new era."

    The event will run until mid-September.

    (Japanese original by Ami Jinnai, Sendai Bureau)

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