Obama Spring Festival Nagasaki is Chinese themed in nature but offers everything that you could want from a Japanese festival. Lots of dancing, music, parades, dressing up in costumes and of course in Japan the obligatory mascot. Unfortunately on this particular day the normal nice warmish spring weather took a turn for the worse and Jack Frost bite at all who were ill- prepared for the freezing cool winds that turned into bone chilling gusts.
I don't know how all the participants survived but in true Japanese Samurai spirit everyone dug deep and somehow forgot about their cold hands and frozen faces and concentrated on their task at hand even though their costumes were designed for a nice spring day weather wise. In particular the older ladies really showed a lot of internal fortitude but this is typical behaviour of the Japanese psyche, all working together for the common good.
My favorite dance of the day was the Chinese Dragon Dance which was performed to a huge round of applause but it was the ladies who got the biggest support from the crowd as they performed to perfection on this less than perfect day. Beautifully presented in their matching Yukata's (summer styled Kimono) they showed tremendous dedication and spirit to provide the public with a wonderful display of talent.
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The kids become the future leaders of the festival
The whole town gets involved
Celebrating all things good
The ladies are always spectacular
People of all ages get involved
The Dragon dance was the highlight
Always lots of mascots in Japan
Check out the performances of the Obama Spring Festival Nagasaki in the video's below: