(Clearwisdom.net) On May 16, 2004, the annual Kobe Festival was held in Kobe, Japan. The main feature was the parade in which 90 organizations participated with the theme, "Green, Sea and Love."

Falun Gong exercise demo on float

Celestial Maiden team

Japan Minghui School

Practitioners of different ethnicities demonstrated the exercises on the float, followed by a waist drum team, Minghui School, Celestial Maiden team, and Tang Dynasty costume performance.

On the parade route, the announcer said to local residents, "Today, Falun Gong practitioners are gathered here happily. They are all healthy in both mind and body. Falun Gong is a high level Qigong. Practitioners not only practice the five-sets of exercises for good health but follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance to be good persons. Falun Gong was made to public in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi and has spread to over 60 countries. One hundred million people are practicing it..."

It was the first time Falun Gong practitioners had participated in the parade, and there had been much interference from many sides during the application and preparation process. Practitioners in charge of the application and preparation overcame difficulties with righteous thoughts, which allowed practitioners' participation in the parade to proceed smoothly.