Spring in Tohoku *RERUN
The people of Tohoku have carved out their livelihoods, quietly enduring frigid, harsh winters. This is doubtlessly because the promise of spring awaits. The winter is the time spent waiting patiently for spring. They wait for the blocked roads to reappear. They wait for the melted snow to glisten. They wait for the flowers to go into full bloom and for the birds and insects to come dancing out for nectar. With these signals, the people begin their daily routines to live. We give thanks for the long-awaited season of warm water, are gladdened by the blooming flowers, and tour spring in Tohoku.

The Fire Stopping Tiger Dance (Kami, Miyagi Prefecture)

In spring, winds blowing in from the mountains caused terrifying infernos. "Clouds obey dragons, and winds obey tigers." Learned from Chinese legends, the "Fire Stopping Tiger Dance" uses the power of the tiger to try to calm the winds. 100 young men dressed as tigers dance from house to house. This festival heralds the coming of spring.

Himesayuri (Minamiaizu, Fukushima Prefecture)

The endangered "himesayuri" only blooms in the north of Japan. The name of the flower "himesayuri" means "princess lily." There is a hometown for a father and son who shared a dream of protecting and spreading the "himesayuri." Over the course of 30 years, they succeeded in establishing the techniques to cultivate it.

Planting Cherry Blossom Trees and Marking the Tsunami's Wake with Flowers (Rikuzentakata, Miyagi Prefecture)

Rikuzentakata, where the tsunami caused great pain. A former fisherman began planting cherry blossom trees at the places where the tsunami reached to warn later generations. Now an NPO, the organization continues to plant the trees with the help of support from all over Japan. Just in Rikuzentakata, the goal is 170 kilometers - 17,000 trees. It doesn't matter how many years it takes; they hope to make cherry blossoms bloom to tell their children and grandchildren how far the tsunami came.