In Osaka, October is the Pride month.
There are two major pride events, PLuS+ and Kansai Rainbow Parade.
PLuS+ is a pride exhibition which is based on HIV/AIDS prevention movements. This year, PluS+2009 was held on sunday 11th, in Ogimachi Park, Kita, Osaka.
MASH OSAKA and The PLuS+2009 executive committee sponsor this event.
MASH OSAKA(Men And Sexual Health OSAKA) is a NPO to promote the HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and the sexual health for MSM(Men who have sex with men).
And MASH OSAKA have a community space named "dista". It is located near Doyama(堂山), the most famous gay neighbor in Osaka.
Uniting of tradition and gay sense!
This program is to performance Eisaa with Para Para dance by Aranuhji(新虹), the most famous Eisaa team in Japan. They participated in the parade that would be described later.
Eisaa(エイサー) is the traditional Okinawan dance. And Para Para is a popular Japanese synchronised group dance in the club scene. Eisaa never does the collaboration with Para Para excluding the gay scene.
Last saturday 24th, over 800 LGBT people marched happily, peacefully and powerfully in Midosuji street. This march is Kansai Rainbow Parade(関西レインボーパレード).
Midosuji(御堂筋) is a Main Street connected with major downtowns in Osaka, Umeda, Shinsaibashi and Namba. This street is the most beautiful and popular avenue, likeCamps-Elysées in Paris.
We started in front of the Goddess Statue, Nakanoshima Park, on the south of Osaka City Hall.
a bear, leather and HIV AIDS Pride group. They are well-known performers at gay events.
Japanese tradition meets Western avant-garde?
Samurai warriors clad in full-armor, and Drag.
"Man's love for man is love of the truth, too."(words written in flag).
The people in various countries were participating.
I walked hand in hand with my partner for a long time.
My partner with rainbow coloured bears
Me with teddy bears
Closing ceremony was held in Motomachi-Naka Park, Namba.
Japanese words written in flag is "Okaerinasai".
When you translate this word literally, it become "welcome home". But, in this case, maybe it means "good job" in English.
Performance by Brass MIX, the most famous LGBT brass band.They are a regular participant of the parades all over Japan. In this parade they took role of the leading band.
At the end of the closing ceremony, We all flew to the sky the balloons with which we walked.
My partner and I enjoyed the pride event and celebrated ourselves being gay!
We should take part in the prides in Osaka next year! PLuS+ http://www.mash-osaka.com/plus/ MASH OSAKA http://www.mash-osaka.com/ Community space dista http://www.dista.be/ Kansai Rainbow Parade 2009 http://www.kansaiparade.org/2009/ Brass MIX http://brass-mix.com/