Yokohama Central Town Festival

The annual Yokohama Central Town Festival was held in Yamashita Park from June 4-6, 2010, celebrating 151 years since the Yokohama Port opening.  Yamashita Park is located in Yamashita-cho, Yokohama and is close to Yokohama Chinatown and Motomachi.

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With a view Yokohama Bay, it was built on top of the rubble of the 1925 Great Kanto earthquake.

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Docked on the harbor is the NYK Hikawamaru which has been open to the public since its renovation on April 25th, 2008.

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The nearby Marine Tower was reopened in May 2009 for 150th anniversary of opening of the port.

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There are many monuments showing international cultural exchange such as "The Girl with Red Shoes Statue", "Indian Water Fountain", and "Water Guardian Statue", a gift donated by San Diego, USA.

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The Yokohama Central Town Festival offered many events including boat races and a cosplay contest.

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But the highlight of the festival was the Yosakoi style dances performed by several local groups in very colorful costumes.

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Flags bear the name of the group or team and provide a backdrop to the high energy of the dancing.

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Fans were a popular prop.

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I posted several YouTube videos as well.

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