• John Rennie

Japan Welcomes Year of the Rat at Yokohama Chinatown


If I'm lucky it'll bite me on the head.

China has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. The country is currently embroiled in a trade war with the US, and of course it is the epicentre of the coronavirus. However, the bad news didn't stop the Chinese New Year celebrations in Japan at least. Chinatown in Yokohama was packed with locals and tourists to welcome in the Year of the Rat.

I went along to catch the CNY parade with my Tokyo-based photo group, Tokyo Lights Crew, hoping to get some shots of the festivities.


The parade featured deities and mythical creatures dancing to live traditional Chinese music while bringing the promise of good fortune for 2020. Let's hope the Year of the Rat brings better news for China and the rest of the world.


Happy Lunar New Year!


Rockin' out on some traditional Chinese instruments
No, it's not the honey monster, it's a lion, symbolising power, wisdom, and superiority
There's no Chinese parade without a dragon, a symbol of good fortune.
Tokyo Lights Crew shooting a lion. Cruel.
The look on your face when your gang have been crashing cymbals in your ear all day
Perhaps the most familiar instrument to a Western audience, the cello.
How the parade looks after a few glasses of baiju
Looking out for stage invaders
I love lamp

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