Japan: Falun Gong Practitioners Form the Largest Procession in Niigawa Festival Parade

On August 9th, Falun Gong practitioners from Japan participated in the Niigawa Festival.

Practitioners in the parade

Niigawa is one of the biggest harbor cities in Japan. The festival started in 1965. More than 900,000 people attended this year.

Falun Gong's entry, consisting of more than 200 practitioners, was the largest procession in the parade. It was their first time participating in this festival.

Practitioners' entry consisted of the Divine Land Marching Band, a float, dancing celestial maidens, exercises demonstration team and a waist drum team. After the parade, practitioners performed beautiful dances and songs displaying traditional Chinese culture. They also held torture re-enactments to expose the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. Practitioners also played a short film, which described the spirit and compassion of Falun Gong.

Many people learned the exercises during the festival.

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