OSAKA nike air vapormax flyknit mens , Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- As the Lunar New Year was ushered in, a series of celebrations were held in Kobe's Nanjing town, the second largest Chinatown in Japan.
Since Feb. 19, the first day of the Chinese new year, Nanjing town has been filled with festive atmosphere, with spring festival couplets soliciting good luck pasted on the Chinese archways at the three entrances of the town, and red lanterns and triangular flags hung on the traditional Chinese-styled buildings along the streets.
A simple stage was set up at the center of Nanjing town nike air vapormax flyknit uk , where Chinese artists performed during the first four days of the lunar new year, giving shows such as facechanging stunt of Sichuan opera, acrobatics and lion dances, attracting many viewers from both Kobe and neighboring districts.
Along the streets, restaurants and shops showed off their cuisine on display stands, hustling Chinese food such as dim sum, dumplings and Chinese pastries nike air vapormax 2018 , provoking nostalgia from overseas Chinese.
About 15,000 people were estimated to visit Kobe Chinatown every day during the first four days of the new year.
The visitors included both overseas Chinese living in Japan as well as Japanese citizens who are fascinated by this spectacular festival of Chinese culture.
Mitsuaki, a Japanese woman coming to watch the shows from neighboring city Himeji, said she had read about the Spring Festival celebrations in Nanjing town on newspaper and she found the shows performed by Chinese artists at the center of Nanjing town fascinating.
With a history of over 120 years, Nanjing town is the second largest Chinatown in Japan after the Yokohama Chinatown, with over 100 Chinese restaurants, shops nike air vapormax womens uk , and a Chinese temple in the area of about 110 meters from north to south and 200 meters from east to west.
Since 1987, Nanjing town has started to celebrate the coming of Chinese lunar new year almost every year. In 1997, the Spring Festival celebrations in Nanjing town were named district intangible folk cultural heritage of Kobe.
"Spring Festival celebrations at Nanjing town every year have become a tourist attraction. We hope there would be more tourists attracted by this cultural feast." said Kizo Hisamoto, mayor of Kobe city.
STOCKHOLM, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A total 267 people traveled from Sweden to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq between mid-2012 and 2016, according to a new study from the Swedish Defence University.
The study, published Wednesday nike air vapormax mens uk , is based on information provided by the Swedish Security Service and shows that almost all of the nearly 300 foreign fighters, who are or have been Swedish residents, joined the Islamic State (IS). Some also joined al-Qaeda affiliated groups.
"For the first time we have exact figures -- not estimates -- about Swedish citizens who have left for Syria and Iraq since 2012 to join jihadist terror groups. We can say with confidence where they come from, how old they are and the proportion of men, women and children," said Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, research director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defence University nike vapormax grey mens , in a statement published on the university's website.
A vast majority of the Swedish foreign fighters (76 percent) are men. Their average age is 26, while 18 percent of the travellers are 19 years old or younger.
Another stand-put factor is that a majority of the foreign fighters come from just four out of Sweden's 21 counties and more than 70 percent have lived in areas in Sweden that are marked by social exclusion.
While around a third of the foreign fighters have returned to Sweden after spending an average 16 months in Syria or Iraq, at least 49 have been killed in the conflicts there.
Also, while only 24 percent of the travellers are female, the number of women joining extremist networks has gone up from "just a few" in 2012 to 40 percent of the total number of travellers in 2015.
The women also tend to spend a longer time abroad than the men. However, the overall interest among Swedish nationals in joining IS seems to be dwindling. In 2013, a total 98 individuals went from Sweden to Syria or Iraq for the first time. Last year nike air vapormax white mens , that figure was five.
According to the study, there is a risk of the returning extremists carrying out attacks in Sweden, using the knowledge attained abroad. However, it is not likely, the report said. "Their focus is primarily on the conflicts in Syra and Iraq," according to authors of the report.
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