The parade kicked off Tokyo Rainbow Week, filled with events to throw the spot on Japan’s sexual minorities. According to the organizers some 12,000 people took part in the parade.
Although it has been held previously, this was the first time that many groups linked up and participated together in the parade, with people coming from all over Japan.
Gay marriage is slowly taking a foothold around the world, but for the Japanese LGBT Community it is still a far-away dream. Slowly though, some have begun to believe that this dream can be made true. “I want to marry her in Japan,” said a sign carried by a woman in kimono and heart shaped sunglasses.
After the parade, a large number of foreign representatives climbed onto the stage in Yoyogi Park to show support. One of the star guests was Boris Dittrich, a former Dutch parliamentarian who was instrumental in introducing gay marriage in the Netherlands, the first country to do so.
“The future,” he exclaimed to an energized crowd, “is not in front in of you. It is inside you. You make the future!”