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Published on 06.28.2016
In this video, Emily goes to the Nagasaki Lantern Festival! Originally a small celebration of the Chinese New Year by local Chinese residents, this neighborhood party quickly blew up into a festival that gained popularity throughout the nation. In the year 1994, the small celebration took on an air of officiality, and became the "Nagasaki Lantern Festival." People flock to Nagasaki from all over Japan to experience the unique atmosphere of this festival, that is difficult to find anywhere else in Japan.
The Nagasaki Lantern Festival is held every year from January 1st to January 15th in accordance to the Lunar Calender. It is important to keep this in mind, because even though Japan is a country that celebrates the new year in accordance to the Gregorian Calender, the Chinese New Year is a celebration of the beginning of the traditional Chinese calender year based on lunar cycles. What this means is that this festival will actually take place on the first day of the new moon of the new year (usually between January 21st to February 20th). The exact date changes every year, so make sure you do your research if you are planning on making the trip.
The Nagasaki Lantern festival has a completely different flavor than any other festival in Japan. Those coming to to the festival for the first time, will be delighted with the chance to experience a taste of China while being in Japan. Highlights of the festival include: the traditional dragon dance, the colorful lion dance, astounding Chinese acrobatic displays, and most the most notable attraction is undoubtedly the sheer number dazzling Chinese lanterns. During the festival time, all of Nagasaki's Shinichi Chinatown is decorated with over 15,000 unique and beautiful lanterns. This alone is certainly a sight to see!
For those wishing to experience a lively festival full of breathtaking displays and mouthwatering cuisine unlike anything else in Japan, be sure to check out the Nagasaki Lantern Festival!
Date: January 1st - 15th of the lunar calender (varies every year)
Place: Shinichi Chinatown, Nagasaki
Source: emilylouisemaitland (Youtube)