Witness the Sengoku Period Parade at the Kazutoyo Festival in Kisogawa

01.September.2019 | SPOT

The town of Kisogawa in Nagoya, Aichi is just 30-minutes by car from Nagoya Station, which is set to welcome the 36th annual Kazutoyo Festival on September 15.

The city of Ichinomiya was the birthplace of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a famous military commander during the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1568-1600). Every year, the bustling Kazutoyo Festival recalls the Sengoku Period, a time of war and upheaval in Japan which lasted over a thousand years, as well as the helmet and armor-clad commander.

The festival also has mini live performances, as well as an anime show which can be enjoyed by children. There’s also food, horse riding, and other fun activities.

 

Experience a unique cultural autumntime festival this year at the Kazutoyo Festival in Kisogawa.

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    Kingyo Nebuta goldfish floats, a summer tradition of Aomori

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    New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’

     

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    Pixar Animation Studios

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    The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.

     

    ©DISNEY/PIXAR All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.

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    Kumamon is a Japanese mascot many are sure to have seen. It was created in 2010 as a way to promote Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan.

     

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