Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2017

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 19:35

Nagasaki Lantern Festival started today and lasts until Feb 11th

Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Today, Nagasaki Lantern Festival started at Nagasaki new china twon, Minato park, Chuo park, Megane bridge and so on.
You can refer to Nagasaki pref official websiteto check out detailed festival site
(http://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/)

While festival is taken place, whole Nagasaki city will be filled with red and bright lantern that is the symbol of chinese festival.

Let me cite the official website to explain the history and hallmarks of this festival.
Because this festival was started by Chinese residents of Nagasaki to celebrate the Chinese New Year, it originally took place in Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown as a “Chinese New Year Celebration.” However, in 1994 it grew to become the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival” and became a major seasonal tradition illuminating Nagasaki’s winter. The Nagasaki Lantern Festival takes place every year from January 1st of the Lunar Calendar (Chinese New Year) to January 15th, spanning 15 days of activities. During this time, similar to the Lantern Festival in China, over 15,000 Chinese lanterns richly paint Nagasaki’s Shinchi Chinatown, Hama-ichi, and Kankodori Arcade as well as other parts of the city. You will be fascinated by the wide expanse of events dripping in the color of China.
■Chinese Lantern Ornaments
During the festival, Nagasaki’s Shinchi Chinatown and surrounding parts of the city center, including Hama-ichi and Kankodori, are decorated with around 15,000 Chinese lanterns, painting Nagasaki in the glorious colors of China. In addition, both large and small lantern displays can be enjoyed, with some of the zodiac animal displays reaching around eight meters in size.
■Mazu Procession
This procession was originally carried out by the crews of Chinese ships entering the port at Nagasaki during the Edo period.
■Emperor’s Parade
This parade provides a unique look at what the Qing dynasty’s New Year parades would look like if the Emperor and Empress celebrated the New Year with their people in the city. With the sacred palanquin of the Emperor and Empress in the center, around 150 flag bearers and other participants parade about in gorgeous Chinese traditional costumes.
■Dragon Dance
This dance is thought to have originated from China as a rain-making ritual to ensure a good harvest. Wearing traditional Chinese clothing, participants call out to the clouds, attempting to make it rain, as they manipulate the 20 meter long dragon trying to swallow up the moon.
■Chinese Lion Dance
These Lion Dances are characterized by the use of richly colored Chinese costumes and uniquely Chinese percussion instruments. Acrobatic dancing and energy-filled rhythms make this a must-see event.
■Chinese Acrobatics
This traditional Chinese show boasts plate spinners and acrobats. Depending on the venue, it is possible see before your very eyes different, worthwhile performances with tricks performed consecutively that will excite and bewilder you.
■Erhu
Performances by local residents of the Erhu and Kokyu, traditional Chinese instruments, are held at various venues during the festival.
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Let's take a look at Twitter posts on Nagasaki Lantern Festival this year!

@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
築町アーケード街横の橋の上のオブジェ

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/DUanc1P6O9
https://t.co/DUanc1P6O9
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
浜町アーケードもランタン一色!

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/IM8tg4wh4Y
https://t.co/IM8tg4wh4Y
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
浜町アーケードもランタン一色!

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/IM8tg4wh4Y
https://t.co/IM8tg4wh4Y
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
メイン会場のオブジェを遠目から!

混雑してるので後ほど回ります

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
メイン会場のオブジェを遠目から!

混雑してるので後ほど回ります

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
メイン会場のオブジェを遠目から!

混雑してるので後ほど回ります

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
@txokawa29sh_277
[email protected]今年も宮崎行く予定!@txokawa29sh_277
メイン会場のオブジェを遠目から!

混雑してるので後ほど回ります

#長崎ランタンフェスティバル https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
https://t.co/C55Nr6s1HY
@tsubachan7989
つばさふぉとぐらひ~@ランタン仕様@tsubachan7989
『ザ・ランタン』#長崎ランタンフェスティバル ランタンだけをどアンダーで(笑) https://t.co/B4sN6WhDM8
https://t.co/B4sN6WhDM8
@mochy1205
もっちゃん Momo@mochy1205
新地中華街と湊公園 #長崎ランタンフェスティバル 試験点灯 https://t.co/ESlDMHm5HW
https://t.co/ESlDMHm5HW

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