日本での一年間

February 3, 2009

Chinese New Year (Part 1)

Filed under: Events, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 8:32 am

For the Chinese Lunar New Year, I went with some friends to Chinatown, in Yokohama, one of 3 Chinatowns in Japan. (From what I hear, there’s the Yokohama Chinatown, Kobe Chinatown and Nagasaki Chinatown.) Each Chinatown holds a festival, but unfortunately we were there the day before it started, so we didn’t really get to experience it. Also, besides stores selling Chinese style food and souvenirs, I was surprised by the number of places I found selling things like dream catchers and we even found a store that only sold various kinds of honey.

One of the Chinatown Gates

One of the Chinatown Gates

Lion statue

Lion statue

Culture Clash. A child poses in front of a statue of Hello Kitty in a Panda suit

Culture Clash. A child poses in front of a statue of Hello Kitty in a Panda suit

Gate to a temple

Gate to a temple

Temple decked out in lanterns

Temple decked out in lanterns

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