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[EVENT] Matsue “Musha Gyoretsu” Warrior Parade 2017

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Watch as citizens dress up in elaborate costumes and parade around Matsue

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As winter comes to an end, the beginning of spring is marked with the blossoming of sakura. On April 1st  2017, Matsue will be full of brave samurai, princesses, and of course the founder of Matsue. Watch as citizens dress up in elaborate costumes and parade around Matsue as they once did long ago. Meet some of the most influential people of Matsue from 400 years ago, as they make an appearance in this annual event.   Matsue “Musha Gyoretsu” Warrior Parade is a re-enactment of Lord Horie Yoshiharu, the founding father of Matsue, and his troops marching through Matsue. Every year, many citizens dress up as brave warriors or princesses in vivid costumes as they parade around the sakura-filled Matsue as they head to their destination, National Treasure Matsue Castle. VISIT MATSUE official website musha-gyoretsu-2014 musha-gyoretsu-2014

PARADE EVENTS – April 1st (SAT) 2017   *ordered by location

musha-gyoretsu2017-2 sakura   JR Matsue Station Lord Yoshiharu Heading to Battle Ceremony and Mini Warrior Parade When: 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. sakura   Shirakatatenmangu-Shrine Warrior Parade Participants Commemorative Photo When: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Matsue “Musha Gyoretsu” Warrior Parade Starting Ceremony When: 12:30 p.m. ~ sakura   Matsue Ohashi Bridge Matsue Castle Rifle Squad Performance When: 1:00 p.m. ~ Armed Forces Performance Exhibition When: 1:20 p.m. ~ sakura   Matsue Kiyomise Shopping District Amago Samurai Forces Commemorative Photo When: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Iwakuni Domain Rifle Squad Demonstration When: 1:20 p.m. ~ Lord Horie Yoshiharu, Wife, and Princess Parade at Kyomise When: 1:40 p.m. ~ sakura   Shimane Prefectural Meeting Hall (West side) Iwakuni Domain Rifle Squad Demonstration When: 2 p.m.~ Armed Forces Performance Exhibition When: 2:20 p.m. ~ Lord Horio Yoshiharu Victory Speech When: 2:50 p.m. ~ sakura   Matsue Castle Kukedo Taiko Demonstration When: After the Warrior Parade Visiting Ceremony to Matsue Shrine/ Lord Yoshiharu’s Return to Matsue Castle When: After the Warrior Parade   Watch this promotional video about Samurai in Matsue!   sakuraMatsue Musha Gyoretsu Official website (JP)