Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Tokyo Rainbow LGBT Pride Festival in Shibuya

Shibuya city hosted the Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival during the Golden Week holiday, celebrating Japan's diversity in love and supporting its LGBT community. Many companies were represented at the festival. The turnout was huge, so big in fact it was difficult to walk around the venue. There was a large selection of food stalls on offer, and the main stage hosted entertainment throughout the day. It was a wonderful sight seeing so many people of all kinds come out in support of LGBT people in Japan.

Shibuya is known for its openness and acceptance of the community. It was the first city in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships. The city has offered certificates which allow rights equal to that of other marriages since 2015.

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The event was held in a large area on the outskirts of Yoyogi park.

Rainbow colored decorations were everywhere, keeping in line with the celebration of the LGBT community and culture.

Openness and acceptance was of course the message of the large celebration, with perhaps a small dig at things happening overseas too.

The message didn't stop at the festival's venue, with rainbow flags and symbols also found in the main city areas of Shibuya, put up by companies and businesses showing their support.

Shibuya, Tokyo