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Shingen-ko Festival

About SHINGEN-KO FESTIVAL

The people of Yamanashi celebrate the virtues of Takeda Shingen every spring, with a lion's share of festivities occurring around the time of his death anniversary on April 12.
The Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan banner, representing a philosophy Shingen adopted from Sun Tzu's Art of War are flown from one end of the prefecture to the other.
The Shingen-ko Festival takes place from April 7 (Fri) to April 9 (Sun) in 2017.
It is the largest festival in Yamanashi, with its main highlight being the Koshu Battalion Deployment,  a reenactment of unrivaled scope where about 1,500 locals from all around the prefecture dress in traditional costumes and commence their march from the plaza in front of Kofu Station.
After a deployment ceremony and sake ritual Takeda Shingen, bathed in torchlight and surrounded by his 24 generals, leads his army along the streets of Kofu. (Will take place rain or shine.)
In this parade of Koshu Battalion Deployment, more than 1,000 people in samurai costumes marched through Kofu city, and on 7 April 2012 was recognized by Guinness World Records as “the largest gathering of samurais” in the world.

38th SHINGEN-KO FESTIVAL Movie

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 What is the Shingen-Ko Festival?
The people of Yamanashi celebrate the virtues of the warlord Takeda Shingen every spring with a very big festivity.

Q2 Who was Takeda Shingen?
Takeda Shingen was a famous warlord of the Sengoku era who adopted the Art of War philosophy of the Chinese Sun Tzu. This philosophy is represented at the Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan banner which means as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire and immovable as the mountain. The Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior) film by the famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa was based on the warlord Takeda Shingen.

Q3 What is the most amazing thing at Shingen-Ko Festival?
It is the largest festival in the Yamanashi Prefecture, with its main highlight being the Koshu Battalion Deployment, a reenactment of unrivaled scope where more than 1,000 people dress in traditional costumes of samurais. This parade is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest gathering of samurais in the world.

Q4 When does it happen?
It happens every year on the first or second weekend of April because of the death anniversary of Samurai Takeda Shingen that was on April 12th.

Q5 Where does it happen?
It happens at the City of Kofu in the Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

Q6 Is it possible to participate as a Samurai?
You can participate in the parade as a Samurai, but you need to make a reservation in advance through the contacts below. Participation fee may vary from ¥12,000 to ¥30,000.

Q7 Contact information
Shingen-ko Festival Executive Planning Committee
Tel(055)231-2722 Fax(055)221-3040
E-mail: kankou@yamakan-sk.jp

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The 47th Shingen-ko Festival brochure 

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The 45th Shingen-ko Festival brochure

The 45th Shingen-ko Festival brochure(PDF:539KB)

Event Schedule and Map(PDF:159KB)

Let's enjoy Shingen-Ko festival(PDF:157KB)

The 45th Shingen-ko Festival(PDF:653KB)

 

About Yamanashi 

Yamanashi information from official guide book(PDF:4,488KB)

 

 

 

 

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