Most viewed - Little Edo Hikone Castle Festival Parade 小江戸彦根の城まつりパレード
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Ii clan warriors153 views
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Hikone Gun Battalion dressed like Ii Clan samurai with their trademark red armor nicknamed "Red Devils."150 views
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Little Edo Hikone Castle Festival Parade143 views
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Ii Naomasa (井伊直政) (1561-1602 ) was the first lord of Hikone from 1600. He was a general under Tokugawa Ieyasu whom he helped to win the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was rewarded with the fief of Omi (now Shiga) and built Hikone Castle.129 views
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Chrysanthemum looking like Hiko-nyan.106 views
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Hiko-nyan is Hikone's official mascot. A white cat wearing a samurai helmet modeled after Ii Naomasa.95 views
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The matchlock guns make a huge bang.85 views
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Fireman's ladder acrobatics81 views
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Nicknamed Little Edo (Koedo), the castle town of Hikone holds the annual Little Edo Hikone Castle Festival Parade on Nov. 3 from 1 pm to 3 pm.68 viewsVery elaborate costume parade of mainly kids dressed as samurai and Edo-Period ladies. Highlights include the Hikone Gun Battalion giving a matchlock gun demo (in front of Horse Stable), Ii Naosuke played by an actor on horseback, fireman acrobatics, and Sarugaku dancers. The parade route starts from Joto Elementary School and proceeds along the road to the castle and passes in front of the Umaya Horse Stable. Short walk from JR Hikone Station. Parade route map:
http://www.hikoneshi.com/jp/event/articles/c/parade

Photo: Statue of Lord Ii Naomasa in front of Hikone Station.
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Hikone Gun Battalion65 views
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Hikone Gun Battalion whose members are licensed to fire matchlock guns.58 views
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The main highlight of the festival is the Hikone Castle Festival Parade held in the afternoon of Nov. 3 (national holiday called Culture Day).57 views
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Kamakura Period (1185–1333) women wearing veiled straw hats called ichime-gasa. 市女笠55 views
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Before or after the castle parade, you might as well see the chrysanthemum exhibit at Gokoku Shrine (護国神社), a shrine dedicated to Shiga's war dead.52 views
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Military band51 views
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Next are groups wearing period costumes. They are junior high schoolers.51 views
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The parade has children and adults dressed in historical costumes, especially the red samurai armor which was the trademark of the Ii clan. Even a modern samurai needs a cell phone. 47 views
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Miss Hikone Castle46 views
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These photos were taken on Nov. 3, 2009.45 views
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Miss Hikone Castle45 views
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Ii Naosuke (井伊 直弼) (1815-1860) as the Tokugawa shogunate's Chief Minister (Tairo) who favored and concluded commercial treaties with the Western powers and thus broke Japan's isolation from the world.45 views
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Ii Naosuke is portrayed by an actor.42 views
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Dream Ambassador from Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref.41 views
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A few foreigners too.41 views
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Hiko-nyan41 views
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Sarugaku is a centuries-old form of entertainment and a precursor to Noh and Kyogen.40 views
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Asahinomori Elementary School in Hikone.39 views
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Ii Naosuke procession39 views
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They fire their matchlock guns.39 views
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Miss Plum Blossom from Mito, Ibaraki Pref. Mito's connection with Hikone lies in the radical samurai who assassinated Ii Naosuke near Edo Castle.38 views
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Samurai laborers carrying luggage for a traveling daimyo.38 views
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Firemen38 views
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They hoist up the ladder for someone to climb up.37 views
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Fireman's acrobatics is a crowd pleaser.37 views
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Foreigners carry the shishimai lion heads, but they did not perform with it.37 views
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Dragon dance37 views
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Castle parade route to Hikone Castle.33 views
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Kawase Junior and Senior High School band.33 views
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Samurai wives33 views
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Shrine maidens from Izumo33 views
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Sitting like royalty, local politicians such as the mayor sit in a special stand on the right in front of the horse stable. The rest of us stand and watch like peasants.33 views
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Hikone Traditional Fireman Preservation Group33 views
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Dancers from Muromachi Period (1337-1573)32 views
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Fireman's ladder32 views
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Flags from sister cities.31 views
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Heian Period (794-1185) women wearing veiled straw hats called ichime-gasa. 市女笠31 views
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Katsugi veiled kimono worn by the nobility in the Muromachi Period.31 views
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Banners with the crest of the Ii clan.30 views
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Start of the Hikone Castle Parade on Nov. 3. Boy Scouts help out by carrying signs.29 views
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Tourist Site Clean Campaign29 views
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Chief retainer who started the construction of Hikone Castle upon the wishes of Ii Naomasa. 家老の木俣守勝29 views
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Shirabyoshi dancers from the Heian Period.29 views
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Ii Clan's "Red Devil" samurai vassals wearing their trademark red armor.29 views
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Ii Naotaka28 views
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Shishimai lion dance28 views
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The Hikone Gun Battalion in formation for a firing demo.27 views
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A daimyo26 views
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Soldiers from the Ii clan.26 views
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Sarugaku entertainers from the Omi Sarugaku Taga-za troupe. 猿楽26 views
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