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11:14 pm - 03/22/2012

LGBT Tokyo: Twice the Pride in 2012

After going two years without a Pride Parade in Tokyo, organizers are happy to announce that 2012 will be a wonderful year of celebrating LGBT pride. This year, there are currently two gay pride parades set to march around Tokyo's busiest metropolitan streets.

The 1st Annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride (TRP), scheduled for Sunday, April 29th, 2012 begins the festivities at 11am, while the Parade starts at 2:30pm and ends at 4:30pm. Since the event is scheduled during "Golden Weekend", we can not only enjoy the perfect weather that Tokyo has to offer during this season, but we can also enjoy the national holiday on the following day. TRP will be held at Yoyogi Park Event State area, and the planned pride route is as follows: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza→Keyaki Namiki Avenue→Kōen Dōri Street→Shibuya→Meiji Dōri Street→Harajyuku→Harajuku Station→Yoyogi Park Harajuku Entrance (about 3.5 km)

The Tokyo Rainbow Pride event has a different set of organizers than the original Tokyo Pride, which usually takes place in mid-August. This group of younger generation organizers came together in May 2011 to plan a pride parade for 2012. In 2011, this group contacted the Tokyo Pride organizers to ask whether there was an event going to be planned for 2012. Since a definite answer could not be given at that time, this genki group went ahead with their plan to make sure that Tokyo has a Rainbow Pride Parade for the year 2012. The original Tokyo Pride has been sporadically planned throughout the years, so one of TRP's main goals is to plan a sustainable event that can be planned annually in Tokyo, thereby making it easier to keep in contact with sponsors, and increase numbers of attendants. By planning almost monthly "Countdown Parties", the group has a chance to meet often throughout the year, as well as raise funds all year long.

Tokyo Rainbow Pride's grassroots philosophy focuses on the celebration of diversity and sexual minorities which includes all the spectrum of the LGBTQ rainbow. In order to increase sustainability, they have tried to cut costs and focus on the collective power of the community. Since they are still a new group, they are seeking supporters. If you take the time to meet some of these organizers, you will find that they are friendly, accepting and open to the ideas of all facets of the community.Since welcoming our international AJET Stonewall group to help volunteer with the parade, the organizers have been quite easy to work with and open to new ideas.This type of organization will be a positive new force in the LGBT community.

Of course, Stonewall will support all LGBT events happening in Japan, and will seek to help Tokyo Pride with volunteering closer to the date, August 11th, 2012.

kachuusha 23rd-Mar-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
ugh, if only i lived in japan, i'd def. go to the pride parade there!
glider 23rd-Mar-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
aww, it's good they're having one this year
dieu_existence 23rd-Mar-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
is same sex marriage legal in Japan?
liime_arix 23rd-Mar-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
It's not legal. But I think if you were married in your own country (like say you married of the same gender in America), you can come to Japan and your marriage would be recognised.
dieu_existence 23rd-Mar-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I see
faisdodo 23rd-Mar-2012 10:12 am (UTC)
No, that's not true. Japan doesn't legally recognize same-sex marriages from other countries.

Edited at 2012-03-23 10:18 am (UTC)
ryrymini 23rd-Mar-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
err, no.
soundczech 23rd-Mar-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
no but there's a workaround that some couples use as a quasi civil union. one person legally 'adopts' the other and adds them to their family register.
crucifyregret 23rd-Mar-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
I wish I could participate. It's going to be a few years yet before I'll be able to try for the JET program, but I already know Stonewall's going to be something I want to be a part of if I get in.
senshicalico 23rd-Mar-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
FUCK IT I'm leaving the 27th after spending a week in Tokyo uuuuugh why =(
spread 23rd-Mar-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
On my bucklist..
rainbow_yarn 23rd-Mar-2012 08:52 am (UTC)

Poor Tokyo went two whole years without a pride parade? =(

Edited at 2012-03-23 09:04 am (UTC)
liime_arix 23rd-Mar-2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
They're really not organized (I guess because lack of backing or smth) ;__; It's been like that for a long time. A parade one year, miss it for a couple years.
phililen3 23rd-Mar-2012 09:04 am (UTC)
The one for my city is in the planning stages still.... Wish it could happen...
They need something more solid. Hope they succeed and it lasts.
zombieroadtrip 23rd-Mar-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
That's the cutest mascot, lol.

Go Japanese LGBT community! ♥
mumblerm 23rd-Mar-2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Wish I could go:(
coika 23rd-Mar-2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Rainbow momonga FTW omg.
nalty7 23rd-Mar-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
I wish my city could organize one too.I'd go!
angelachibayuy 25th-Mar-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
NOOOOO! It's on the Sunday we leave for our Okinawa trip x_x I wanted to go and drag the boyfriend to show him a part of me he doesn't see often. And it's fun, and I haven't been to Pride Parades in forever.

Sigh, next year it is I guess.
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