Colorful festival looks to future amid post-tsunami rebuild

SENDAI, Japan (NBC/NTV) — People in northern Japan have created giant streamer decorations as a way of wishing for a better future.

Each year residents of Sendai city hang the streamers as part of the Tanabata festival.

This year, locals celebrated the festival in the midst of a heatwave.

In one decoration, Sendai’s 80,000 elementary- and junior high school students hung paper cranes together.

A student says she wants people to know how hard they are trying to rebuild from the devastating 2011 tsunami disaster.

The tsunami hit the coast near Sendai, killing thousands.

Sendai expects about 2 million visitors over the next three days of the festival. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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