Ishinomaki Kawabiraki festival, Aug 2013 (36 images)
The Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival has been held annually since 1916 to honor Magobe Kawara an engineer who was instrumental in building the city's port and sea defences, as well as mourn those lost at sea. In recent years, the festival has commemorated the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The city was devastated by the tsunami with over 5,000 citizens dead or missing. During the festival lanterns are floated down the river to the sea - each one representing a human soul.