Japanese Dance Hora in Kimonos

Some 1,500 Japanese pilgrims sang and danced their way through Jerusalem’s streets this week as part of their visit to honor commemorations of the capital’s 3,000 year anniversary.

Members of the pro-Israel Makuya sect, which was formed in the aftermath of World War II, are Christians who believe in the Hebrew Bible.

The pilgrims, some dressed in traditional kimonos, held a jubilant procession through downtown Jerusalem.

They converged on Safra Square, outside the city hall, where they danced the traditional hora – to the strains of “Hava Nagila.”

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