Thursday, February 25, 2010

New lunar year parade at Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown
Yokohama celebrated the new lunar year with a colorful parade. Members of Chinese schools in Japan performing Lion, and dragon dances, also community members’ in imperial customs, paraded through the streets of the Chinatown.

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chinatown kid's dragon
chinatownThe first groups of dragon and lion dancers were formed by kids of local elementary school. It was probably not the scariest dragon/lions that I ever seen, but surely the cutest.

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The kid’s lions were followed by a group of members of the community dressed as period’s imperial royalty, and Chinese theatre costumes.

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The crowd favorites were the kids from Chinese secondary schools in groups of lions and dragons.

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At the end of the parade a 10m long dragon closed the event.

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2 comments:

AdelaideBen said...

Nice pics - Chinatown in Yokohama is a sea of colour and life. It's so close to Tokyo - I really don't understand why more tourists don't come down there. Chinese New Years would have been a great time to be there!

island4jp said...

Thanks, I agree, Yokohama is a great place to visit, and with many express trains from Tokyo, is just a few minutes away. the waterfront n front of Minato mirai, is one of the most stunning night views in Japan.