Lion dances performed to ward off virus
NHK -- Jun 22
A traditional lion dance was performed in Yokohama's Chinatown to ward off the new coronavirus on Sunday.

Up to about 80 percent of the shops there were forced to close due to the spread of the disease.

An organization representing about 400 restaurants and shops held the event to pray for the end of the pandemic.

Young performers who manipulated two stylized lion costumes danced to the sound of bells and drums, while firecrackers were set off to drive away evil spirits.

Tourists took photos and had their heads bitten by the lions to exorcize evil spirits.

A lion dance was also performed in Kobe's Chinatown.

Takahashi Nobumasa, who heads the organizer, says the turnout was about 30 to 40 percent less than before the pandemic, but it was still a good start for an event that was held right after restrictions were lifted on travel between prefectures.

He said his organization will work to boost business while taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

横浜の中華街では、新型コロナウイルスの終息を願う特別な獅子舞が披露されました。  青と黄色の獅子舞がリズミカルに動き回ります。21日午後3時ごろ、横浜市中区の中華街で爆竹の派手な音とともに、新型コロナウイルスの一日も早い終息と経済活動の本格的な再開を願う特別な獅子舞が行われました。中華街にはスマートフォンを手にした多くの見物客が集まり、獅子舞を撮影したり頭をかんでもらったりして楽しんでいました。移動制限が解除され、中華街では観光客も増えて街に明るさとにぎわいが久しぶりに戻りました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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