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From Swordplay to Spectacle: Exploring Japan's Vibrant SAMURAI Festival



2024.02.08 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Introducing the SAMURAI festival, now in its 6th year, a celebration of Japan's rich history and cultural heritage. After a hiatus during the Corona Disaster, last year's event welcomed approximately 66,000 visitors, proving to be a resounding success. This year, from February 22nd to 25th, the festival returns with even more excitement and attractions, inviting visitors to delve into the world of the samurai and ninja.

The festival grounds, located in the plaza in front of the fountain in Ueno Onshi Park, will be transformed into a bustling hub of activity. Attendees can explore the Samurai and Ninja-related merchandise and experience area, where they can learn about Bushido and even undergo Ninja training. With various demonstrations including an exciting sword fighting display, there will be no shortage of awe-inspiring performances and demonstrations.

For those who want to immerse themselves in samurai culture, highlights include Makai's thrilling swordplay and theatrical performance and the electrifying live performance of samurai music group MYST. Visitors can also see the legendary ninja group Rappa come to life in a performance called "Fuuma" and experience the bravery of the Kosenjo Omotenashi Busyoutai Sekigahara-gumi samurai performance.

However, amidst the excitement, organizers urge attendees to refrain from consuming alcohol before participating in any experiences. In Japan, it is prohibited by law for anyone under the age of 20 to drink alcohol.

Hinomoto Kanto, known as the Land of the Bando Warriors, has a rich history of Samurai culture. From the turbulent times of Japan's past to the present day, the spirit of the Samurai continues to captivate audiences worldwide. The SAMURAI festival not only celebrates this legacy but also contributes to the revitalization of Samurai culture, offering an experience that cannot be found in everyday life.

So, mark your calendars for February 22nd to 25th and join us at the SAMURAI festival for an unforgettable journey into Japan's legendary past. Become a samurai or a ninja for a day and immerse yourself in the spirit of Japan's noble warriors.

Festival Information
Date: February 22 (Thur) - 25 (Sun)
Time: 10:00 - 18:00 (First day only from 12:00)

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