Mid-Autumn Chinese Cultural Festival in Japan
The mid-autumn festival is a major celebration in China which traditional celebrates the harvest and the beauty of the harvest moon. This festival overlaps nicely with the Japanese traditions that are observed in parallel during the Otsukimi, the harvest moon viewing.
There are numerous festival around Kansai that have Otsukimi festival:
10/4. 5p. Uneme. Sarusawa pond boat event and parade. Near Nara station.http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/detail/29201ba2210136301
Among the celebrations in Japan there a few festivals that celebrate the cultural connections between China and Japan. This year, Osaka celebrated the 45th annual observation of Chinese-Japanese friendship with a festival on the Naniwa Palace site. The location is significant due to the historical ties that were observed on this site when Naniwa was the capital of Japan and received diplomatic envoys from Asia, including China and Korea; this aspect is also created at the annual Shitennoji Wasso festival.
This year the festival included dozens of food stalls from local Chinese cuisine providers.
The stage show included a fashion show, traditional Chinese dances, a string orchestra using traditional Chinese instruments, group taichi demonstrations.
|Kids on the runway|
|Fashion show for mothers and kids|
|These two look like Dragon Ball Z characters.|
|I like this derpy dragon with the building eyes.|
|Nice pose against the moon themed backdrop.|
|Dancing and music on stage.|
|A very serious male dancer among a group of female amateurs.|
|This long haired dancer took the stage alone.|
|Dance routines are good for catching poses in motion.|
|A string orchestra performs Chinese music.|
|Another dancer striking a pose.|
|A lot of red outfits at the Chinese festivals.|
|Taichi with fans.|
|A taichi group takes the stage in matching outfits.|
|Taichi using a one handed jian sword.|
|The concept behind taichi is to create continuous flowing motion.|
|Older ladies with swords.|
|An interesting type of Chinese xylophone.|