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    Posted May 21, 2011 by
    Tokyo, Japan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

    AllanCook and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Earthquake strikes Japan
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    Tokyo’s Forgotten City!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AllanCook said that the festival was supposed to take place today and tomorrow, May 21 and 22. 'I was pretty shocked to see it had been cancelled this year,' AllanCook said. He is not sure why it was cancelled, but he feels that the festival was important for attracting tourism, Japan's recovery and most importantly for the Japanese people's 'morale and sense of cultural spirit.'
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    Tokyo Takes a Jump Backwards in Recovery!

    Two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and it would seem Japans famous samurai spirit has finally flickered out!  The Sanja festival at Asakusa’s Senso-ji temple is one of the largest in Tokyo and probably all of Japan!  Every year over the two day festival almost 1-2 million people cram in to watch the famous festivities!  But this year there is nothing!  As you can see, what has always been a crowded place for the festival has become almost empty!

    In recent weeks Japan has been eagerly promoting the importance of tourism to the recovery effort!  And yet here, probably the home to Japans foremost festival, lies an empty and forgotten city!

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