The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is more commonly referred to as the Spring Festival in China and celebrations take place over 15 days. There’s a variety of customs and celebrations throughout China and among the global Chinese diaspora, but each of the days has a special significance which you can read more about here. Of course, Festivities in Hong Kong or elsewhere in China are just a short airplane ride away, but you can celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival in Tokyo’s own Chukagai (Chinatown) in Yokohama – the largest Chinese community in Japan.
This February, Chukagai will be celebrating with firecrackers, music, and lion and dragon dances. The main events are as follows:
New Year’s Countdown at the Ma Zhu Miao, Shrine to the Goddess of the Sea, in Chinatown’s Yamashita-cho Park.