Samurai Costume Parade


Every year Nov 3 is the day of Matsumoto Citizen’s Festival and Matsumoto Castle Festival.
The main event of the festivals is a samurai warrior costume parade held in the afternoon.
It starts at Matsumoto Castle, parades around downtown, and comes back to the castle two hours later.
This year I watched it.
More than 200 people including boys and girls walked slowly in front of modern buildings.
Some boys and girls were dressed as cute ninjas.

Small ninjas

Girl warriors?


A man featured as a lord and a previous “Miss Matsumoto” featured as a princess.
You can enjoy the Kurosawa movie’s world live!

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Princess

Also, tea parties, boys and girls kendo and naginata (traditional martial arts) competitions, and other events were held in Matsumoto Castle Festival on the same day.

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