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Yorii Hojyo Matsuri

imageI would like to introduce about a festival of my hometown. This festival is a reproduction of the battle in 1590. The battle happened in Yorii town, just north of Tokyo. The big inning of this festival is the kickoff ceremony of the battle with armor-clad warriors of five hundred strong and they march down the street.
After the parade they start the battle at Arakawa river. We can hear the report of guns and the voice of people. This battle is between Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ujikuni Hojyo. Hideyoshi attacked Odawara with 50,000 soldiers and Ujikuni met the approaching enemy with only 3,500 soldiers. You will be surprised by impact of this festival. See a short video here. image