（Naka-ku, Yokohama Chinatown）［Lunar New Year］
The old Chinese lunar calendar is used to mark the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, with major celebratory events held at this time. Since 1986, Yokohama’s Chinatown has been holding Lunar New Year events in the Chinese fashion. These include lion dances, a parade of imperial costumes, and other traditional Chinese culture. Today, these Lunar New Year activities have become a signature of Yokohama and a must-see winter event.
〈Lunar New Year countdown〉
On the night before the Lunar New Year, a countdown is held at the Emperor Guan Shrine, and the city is abuzz with activity as people get in the mood to celebrate.
（Place）Yokohama Emperor Guan Shrine
On the day of Lunar New Year, you can witness traditional “tsaichin” lion dances, shrill firecrackers, and the sound of pealing drums. The whole area is bathed in a festive mood befitting the season. Five lion dancers bedecked in colorful white and yellow heads snake through five routes (tentative) to do the lion dance at each shop along the way as a hope for prosperity and a bumper crop. The dancers sway to the beat of the drums and gongs, then stand on their hind legs and bite at red envelopes hanging in front of shops, which causes firecrackers to go off and draw cheers from the crowd.
（Place）Throughout the Chinatown area
〈Lunar New Year performances〉
At Yamashitacho Park in Chinatown, traditional Chinese performances of lion dances, dragon dances, folk dances, and acrobatics are held. The impressive dragon dance and dynamic lion dance, now a signature of the Lunar New Year, are accompanied by elegant and graceful traditional dance and breathtaking daredevil performances. These are all part of the charms of what Chinatown has to offer.
（Place）Yamashitacho Park (within Chinatown)
The festive parade held to crown the Lunar New Year is the largest event in the lineup and features a retinue of reenactors in traditional imperial garb, as well as crowd favorites like lion and dragon dancers. The dynamic dragon dance and charming lion dance are unveiled before your every eyes, an experience that only the Lunar New Year in Chinatown presents. The luxurious costumes and elaborate performances carried on all around you make this festive parade a must-see in Yokohama.
（Place）Throughout the Chinatown area
（Usual annual route）Start point: Yamashitacho Park (within Chinatown) → Kanteibyo Street → Fukken Road → Saimon Street → Chinatown Boulevard → Nanmon Silk Road → Yamashitacho Park
On the last day of the Lunar New Year, a wondrous event, the Lantern Festival, is held at the Masobyo Mausoleum. Lanterns with messages written on them are used to convey the prayers of festival-goers to heaven, and a special dance is performed.
Lunar New Year
［Date］Held annually from early-mid February
［Place］Throughout the Chinatown area
*Varies by event location and time. *Note that event content and schedule may be subject to change shortly before the event.
［TEL］045-662-1252（Yokohama Chinatown Development Association Secretariat）
Yokohama Chinatown takes its origin from Yokohama sea port opening when it was first developed as a settlement of foreign merchants. In 1868 approximately one thousand Chinese immigrants arrived here and formed settlements that have later developed to this one of the largest in the world Chinatown, with its more than five hundred restaurants. The charm of Chinatown is getting even bigger nowadays, with its Kuan Ti Miao Temple, dedicated to General Guan Yu, its Goodwill gate, built to symbolize good relations between neighboring countries and neighboring houses, and Ma Zhu Miao Temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, opened in 2006.
AddressYamashita Town, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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