Hello everyone!

I hope that those of you in Japan had a wonderful Silver Week holiday and could enjoy tsukimi as well. Today, I wanted to take a moment to bring to everyone’s attention the upcoming LGBT pride events set to occur across Japan.

As readers of this blog are well aware, the LGBT movement in Japan has gained a lot of traction over the last few years, with 2015 marking some key victories in the fight for equality in Japan. This is due to the hard work of NPOs, local governments and companies, as well as brave individuals raising their voices and facilitating change. Japanese society admittedly still has a long way to go, and as such, the LGBT community in Japan needs as much support as possible.

This autumn, there are four LGBT Pride events that will take place. If you live in the area and would like to offer your support by attending or getting involved in volunteering, I’m sure it would be a great experience!

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

◆Kansai Rainbow Parade
 October 10, Ogimachi Park, Osaka City

Yokohama Rainbow Festa
 October 31-November 1, Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama City

Nijiiro Domannaka Parade
October 31, Ikeda Park, Nagoya City

Kyushu Rainbow Pride
 November 22, Reisen Park, Fukuoka City

To see more information, including maps and schedules, please click the links provided to access the event’s homepage. The pages also have links to the event’s respective twitter feeds and Facebook pages, so get social, invite your friends, and come out to support the cause.

Of the events listed above, I’m hoping to attend Kyushu Rainbow Pride since I live in Fukuoka, but that will ultimately depend on what my work schedule and such are like that weekend. I will keep you all posted!

If there are any other major events for this autumn that I’ve missed, let me know and I will add them to the list.


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