Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Colorful lion dance at lantern festival in Nagasaki

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 2 min read

On Feburuary 21st in 2015, I watched a Chinese Lion Dance on a special stage set in Minato-koen Park near Shinchi Chinatown, the main venue of Nagasaki Lantern Festival. I felt drawn to these friendly looking, colorful lions. They reminded me of a time when a Japanese traditional lion bit my head and terrified me as a child. I was amazed to see the total difference between Japanese and Chinese lions! As I enjoyed the impressive light sculptures and brilliant lanterns I noticed a boy riding on his father's shoulders and watching lion dance with wonder in his eyes.

Nagasaki Lantern Festival
1. Guan Yu Altar at Chinese New Year
2. Nagasaki Shinchi Chinatown
3. Chinese New Year Lion Dance
4. Temple of Confucius in Nagasaki
5. Making a Pilgrimage to Dojin Hall
6. Nagasaki's Kannon & Seishu-do Halls
7. The Charm of Nagasaki

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose