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Shingenko Festival

Maizurujo Park,Kofu Ekimae,etc, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture
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Fantastic to watch all the samurai march past

I saw the parade in 2015 and again in 2017 and had a great time watching (and photographing) the... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Viking_in_Oz
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Melbourne, Australia
You should not miss the festival and parade, no matter history lover or not

I finally got the chance in April last year to go to Yamanashi for this festival with my friend... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2016
edmundduck
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Hong Kong, China
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This festival is held in Kofu City, a place connected with Takeda Shingen, on around April 12th, the anniversary of Lord Takeda's death. Roughly 1,500 soldiers from throughout the prefecture assemble in Maizuru Castle Park and then, amid the flapping of "furin kazan" war banners, they reenact the valiant march toward the battlefield of Kawanakajima. The festival is jam-packed with events, such as a performance of Suwa drumming (which is said to have bolstered the courage of the Takeda forces), a tea ceremony, and contests involving performance of the song "Takeda Bushi" and of themes connected with "furin kazan," and the festival also features the exhibition and sale of products from Yamanashi Prefecture, a food court, and tours of places linked to Takeda Shingen.
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Apr 24, 2017
“Fantastic to watch all the samurai march past”
Mar 31, 2016
“You should not miss the festival and parade, no matter history lover or not”
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

I saw the parade in 2015 and again in 2017 and had a great time watching (and photographing) the people dressed as samurai (and priests, as well as people costumed as camp-followers). Even if you're not interested in history, there's something stirring about watching 1500...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

I finally got the chance in April last year to go to Yamanashi for this festival with my friend. Not only it's the grandest festival there, its samurai parade is also the largest samurai parade in the world. As a fans of Takeda Shingen, I...More

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