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Sakura, Samurai, Castle and Ninja

Cherry Blossoms Japan Photos

Sakura, Samurai, Castle and Ninja

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) at Okazaki Koen, Japan

Spring means time for sakura 「桜 cherry blossoms」 in Japan. It’s also a season where many festivals take place. A lot of these festivals are centered around the cherry blossom.

Sakurai festival in Okazaki

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) at Okazaki Koen, Japan

DMC-LX3 (6.3mm, f/4, 1/640 sec, ISO80)
Sakura at Okazaki Koen

These photos are from the Ieyasu Parade and Cherry Blossom Festival in Okazaki. This parade is a spectacle. It celebrates Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the most famous shōgun in Japan’s history.

At the festival a reenactment of a great battle occurs every year, where a rival clan attacked Okazaki Castle, Ieyasu’s birthplace and stronghold. The reenactment features ninjas attacking a castle, a huge samurai battle, and ranks of samurai firing old rifles.

Sakura and ninja at Okazaki Park

Panasonic DMC-LX3 (12.8mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec, ISO80)
Sakura and ninja at Okazaki Park

In Japanese the festival is known as Ieyasu Gyoretsu 「家康行列 Ieyasu Parade」. The festival is held on the first Sunday of every month at Okazaki Castle Park. The Ieyasu Parade coincides with hanami 「花見 cherry blossom viewing」 in Okazaki, where groups gather under the sakura for parties and the sakura are lit up at night from early to mid April.

See more info and photos about the Cherry Blossom Festival and Iyeyasu Samurai Parade in Okazaki city, Aichi prefecture.

Location of the festival:

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Deano「ヂィノ」 Wormald

Your man in Japan, online since 2009. I used to live in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and travel to Japan at least once a year for three weeks.


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