Tokyo Rainbow Pride had a great showing, as 5,000 people marched in the Pride parade to show support and promote equality for the LGBTQ community.
The celebration was suitably vibrant, with a huge amount of rainbow flags, banners and colourful costumes.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy appeared on stage at Yoyogi Park and said to the attendees: “Everyone should be able to marry whom they love.”
She was also joined by British Ambassador, Tim Hitchens, and Irish Ambassador, Anne Barrington at the event.
hinya Yamagata, co-representative of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, spoke to Asahi Shimbun of his hopes that Pride parades like this one can help push for a more inclusive society in Japan.
“We hope to spread social awareness and establish a law on a national level recognising same-sex couples. I know the United States took a long time, step by step [in legalising same-sex marriages]. I am sure that in Japan this movement seems to be growing, and we are here to support that.”