Saturday 14th August saw the 7th Tokyo Pride Parade take place in the heart of the city, with a march, stalls and a show on stage. This year’s event (which seems to have been mis-reported all over as "Tokyo Gay Pride" – it is not just for gay men) was clearly one of the most successful yet, with support from large corporate entities including Softbank and Google and an attendance of somewhere around 5,000 people. Although there have been gatherings continuously, this was the first full parade for 3 years, with participants walking and dancing behind floats on the route from Yoyogi/NHK Hall through Shibuya and Harajuku.
Tokyo has a large number of LGBTQ citizens, and this was an opportunity to show All Japan news that they really exist. Many people continue to believe that the only place for sexual minorities is on TV or in fashion, but the people having fun in this year’s parade were from all walks of life.
It is disappointing that the event has received so little exposure in the All Japan newsese media.