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Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama (Feb 8 – 22, 2016)

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama www.bestlivingjapan.comCelebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama between February 8th – 22nd, 2016. Great fun and food! Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Although this is still quite new vs. Manila’s Chinatown established in 1590 or London’s in 1700.  Yokohama Chinatown is one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan along with those in Kobe and Nagasaki. Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown will hold a variety of  Spring Festival events. You also must enjoy a great lunch or dinner at one of the more than 500 restaurants, and have fun shopping.  Here is a good article from the Japan Times on Yokohama Chinatown Restaurants.  Note to parents – It does get very crowdedCelebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama, Best Living japan so I advise against bringing your stroller. Happy New Year!

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama (Feb 8 -22, 2016)

**Info from the Yokohama Tourism Board**

You will hear the burst of fire crackers, cymbals, drums, and Chinese gongs along with Chinese lions and dragons will dance in the festiveCelebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama, Best Living Japan Chinatown. Songs, dances, and Chinese traditional performances will be held to celebrate this event.
Y154 Memorial Spring Festival Illumination and lanterns will light up the Chinatown even brighter. Please come and enjoy the festive Chinatown!

[Main Events]
◆ Cǎi Qīng Lion Dance
Lion will pray for the prosperity and good harvest and dance around and bite on envelopes containing congratulatory gifts of money hanged in front the stores.
Dates: February 8 (Mon), 2016, 16:00 ~20:00
Venue: All area of Yokohama Chinatown

◆ Spring Festival Traditional Performance
Lion dance, dragon dance, dance performance, songs, harp performance, acrobatics, and other traditional Chinese cultures will be performed to capture the eyes of the visitors with their flamboyant performances.
Dates: February 11th (Thursday National Holiday),  13 (Sat), 14 (Sun), 21 (Sun.), 2016; daily performance times ①14:30~15:30 ②16:00~17:00 ③17:30~18:30
Venue: Yamashita-cho Park (in Chinatown)

◆ Celebration Parade
Extravagant parade to celebrate the New Year’s with costumes of the Emperor, ethnic clothing, lion dance, and dragon dance.
Dates: February 20th (Sat.), 2016, 16:00~18:00
Venue: All area of Yokohama Chinatown

◆ Lantern Festival
A solemn event in which lanterns with messages of wishes and dreams are dedicated and send peace to the heavens on the last day of the Chinese New Year.
Dates: February 22nd (Monday), 2016, 17:30~19:00
Venue: Yokohama Ma Zhu Miao (Shrine of Goddess of the Sea)

Yokohama Chinatown Celebration Details

Dates: February 8th (Monday) to February 22nd  (Monday), 2016

Venue: Yokohama Chinatown, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 

Tel: 045-662-1252

Access: Ishikawa-cho Station on the JR Negishi Line, or Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line. Takes approximately 30 mins from Shibuya to Motomachi-Chukagai


Yokohama Chinatown Celebration Details


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