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A group of volunteers together with locals from Okirai, a district in the city of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, have been preparing traditional New Year’s decorations as part of a project to publicize the region.

Okirai was hit severely by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and the project organizers hope the local ornaments — “shimenawa” ropes and “kadomatsu” pine-tree decorations — will help promote the area and eventually invite joy to the area, as the kanji in the district’s name suggest.

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