Toward a brighter future
the-japan-news.com -- Jan 18
About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date "1.17" and the kanji characters for "mirai" (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.

6434人が亡くなった1995年の阪神大震災は17日、発生から21年となった。犠­牲者の名前が刻まれた銘板「慰霊と復興のモニュメント」がある神戸市中央区の東遊園地­では「1・17のつどい」(市など主催)があり、約7500本の竹灯籠で形作った「1­・17」の文字が点灯し、今年は新たな取り組みとして公募で決まった「未来」の文字に­も灯がともった。
News source: the-japan-news.com
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