12:08 Sep. 7, 2016
Activists wearing Ukrainian traditional costume mark Ukraine's Independence Day in Nagoya
On September 3, Ukrainians residing in Japan arranged a vyshyvanka parade in Nagoya, one of the largest cities in the country.
Ukrainians, wearing traditional embroidered shirts, marched along the city's central street to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
"On September 3, Ukrainians and Ukraine's like-minded friends rallied for the first Ukrainian parade in Nagoya, Japan's fourth most populated city", the Ukrainians in Japan 'Krayany' community reports on Facebook.
The special symbol of the parade was a round loaf baked by a refugee who fled the militant-occupied city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.
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The vyshyvanka march brought together nearly 100 participants, including Ukrainian and Japanese activists, even their pets.
The vyshyvanka parade first took place in Tokyo in 2013 and became a traditional event for the Ukrainian and Japanese people, as well as those supporting Ukraine from other countries. In 2016, Tokyo hosted the fourth vyshyvanka mega march which is also known as 'Ukraine Parade' in Japan.