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The highlight of this festival is the procession called Hyakumono Zoro-Sennin Gyoretsu representing some 1 000 men dressed as samurai warriors in the 18th century. The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage of Unesco, is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo (Tokyo). This procession reproduces the scene of his funeral at which the remains were transferred from the remote Shizuoka Prefecture in Nikko, according to his will. The parade from a sanctuary Otabisho, located near the bridge south of Shinkyo Futarasan-jinja Shrine. It is led by three portable shrines where reside the spirits of three shoguns, including Tokugawa Ieyasu. These are followed by Shinto priests and samurai on horseback dressed in full armor. This parade takes place without special attraction, but it reinforces the least grandiose appearance and elegance, and the audience can only be impressed by the dignity of warriors. Upon arrival of the procession to the shrine Toshogu, dances are performed to the sound of ancient court music, offering a show that deserves to be seen. May 17 held a Yabusame, archers dressed as samurai and mounted on horses pulling their arrows at targets. A similar procession was held in October, but its size is only half that of spring. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Sanna, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture.
From 17-05-2015 to 18-05-2015
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