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Stand By Me (1986)

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A Look Inside This Year’s Chingay Parade in Singapore

For more photos and videos from this year’s Chingay Parade, browse the #Chingay2015 and #IAmAtChingay2015 hashtags and explore the F1 Pit Building location page.

Crowds of people took to the streets of Singapore yesterday and today as the country held its 43rd annual Chingay Parade. Boasted as the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, thousands of performers dressed in bright colors, and elaborately decorated floats passed through this year’s main venue at F1 Pit Building.

The Chingay Parade originally began as a celebration of Lunar New Year, but over time the event has become more of a way to appreciate the cultural diversity that resides within Singapore. This year’s street procession is themed “We love SG” to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary as an independent country, and more performers and dancers have turned out than ever before to celebrate the occasion. “The local community enjoys watching the parade and taking photos of the vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and fireworks,” says Ivan Kuek (@phonenomenon), a local coffee purveyor who photographed the festivities. “I remember attending Chingay back in the late 80s when I was a little kid. This is my second year in a row that I’m attending the parade at the F1 Pit Building, and it keeps getting better and better as the years go by.”

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February is without question one of my favourite months in Kyoto’s Karyukai.

Every year on the 25th, Kitano Tenmangu shrine holds the Baikasai (plum blossom festival), a big tea ceremony where Maiko and Geiko attend guests.

Besides all the marvelous outfits and kanzashi, what truly takes my heart is the quietly joyfull atmosphere and all the care those ladies put into a simple tea bowl.

All those amazing pictures are by Prado (ex WalkingKyoto)

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White Day cards, I guess. For those not in the loop, March 14th is a day when those who got chocolates on Valentine’s get the giver something in return.

Okay, I lied and looked for the side stories anyways. Apparently, if you look for NicoMaki and ye shall receive really, really easily ;;; ((Don’t expect anyone else though. Please.)) I don’t think it’s a good idea to try to translate something half-asleep at 5 in the morning but I did it anyways.

An even rougher translation than usual.