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Held on the first Sunday in June, the Azuchi Nobunaga Festival is dedicated to Oda Nobunaga who built Azuchi Castle. Parking was available at nearby Bungei no Sato.
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The Azuchi Nobunaga Festival's main venue was here, next to Azuchi Castle (hill on right). MAP
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Lots of great local food and products were sold. Official website here.
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Stage entertainment (Azuchi Castle ruins in background).
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival in Azuchi, Omi-Hachiman.
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They came from Hikone. 鉄砲隊演武(彦根鉄砲隊)
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Very loud boom. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival.Even these people had to obtain police permission to bear and fire these feudal-era guns.
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Boat ride along the moat of Azuchi Castle.
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和船
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These boat rides are offered only during this annual festival.
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Welcome aboard!
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Boat ride
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Ahoy there!
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"This place changed a lot since my childhood..."
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At the foot of Azuchi, the boat ride was very popular and cheap.
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End of the ride.
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Shingu Shrine where they had more festival entertainment. 新宮神社
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Shrine building
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Chin-don-ya street entertainers
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Chin-don-ya street entertainers
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Kami shibai storyteller 紙芝居
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Kami shibai storyteller telling a story about Nobunaga. 紙芝居
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Musha Gyoretsu warrior procession 武者行列The procession started with Ashigaru foot soldiers. 足軽
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The most important historical persons in Azuchi's feudal history were represented.
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Shibata Katsuie
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Akechi Mitsuhide (assassinated Nobunaga)
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Takigawa Kazumasu 滝川一益
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Niwa Nagahide 丹羽長秀
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Nohime 農姫
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Nohime 農姫
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Oda Nobunaga at Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri. 織田信長
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Oda Nobunaga 織田信長
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Ishida Mitsunari 石田三成
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Ladies in waiting (hey there, look up!)下を向いたらあかん。
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Nene, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife
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Nene, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife
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Toyotomi Hideyoshi 豊臣秀吉
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Ii Naomasa 井伊 直政
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もっと奇麗に歩け
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Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川家康
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Hello horse! He was just starting at me. Tokugawa Ieyasu
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Nobunaga speaks.
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Street performer in front of the steps to Azuchi Castle ruins.
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