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Samurai Showdown at Shiroishi-jo

A fantastical trip back in time

On October 4th, the Shiroishi Castle grounds came alive with the re-enactment of the battle between the Katakura and Sanada Clans. Popularly known as the "Oni-Kojurō Festival", it is celebrated on the first Saturday in October at Shiroishi Castle. The event kicked off with some ladder acrobatics by the protective forces, and this was followed by some cultural entertainment. There were several stalls with food and souvenirs. Best of all though, you had the opportunity to wear samurai armor for the evening. This year, the cosplayers outdid themselves as they were simply fabulous! For a moment I thought they came directly out of the Sengoku Basara anime!

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