Day 10 - Sekigahara Festival - Japan 2019

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Day 10 - Sekigahara Festival
Sunday was the main day of the festival. The stalls at the lower site (next to the museum) and the upper site (near Ishida Mitsunari's camp) were open for business.

The day started with a childrens' parade and display at the lower site.

We then moved to the upper site to see the parade assemble. This included each faction having a bit of time on the stage. They paraded a bit, some did silly dances and, judging by the audience reaction, jokes were told.

The members of our group who had dressed up were given permission to join the parade so we found them and walked with the parade back to the lower site.

After some photos there, we walked back to the upper site and saw a very professional stage presentation of the battle. This included some dynamic fights with synchronised sound effects.
Dr Stephen Turnbull briefing us. Nice Hat.
Dr Stephen Turnbull briefing us. Nice Hat.
Lower site and childrens' parade
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The reenactor groups assemble, and pose for photos
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The Lords on stage
The Lords at Sekigahara

from left to right:

The loosers:
Ōtani Yoshitsugu,
Ukita Hideie,
Shimazu Yoshihiro,
Ishida Mitsunari,

The winners:
Tokugawa Ieyasu,
Kuroda Nagamasa,
Fukushima Masanori,
Kobayakawa Hideaki.
The stage presentations of the Lords.
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The procession
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After the procession
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The Battle presentation
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Confrontation between Ōtani Yoshitsugu and the treacherous Kobayakawa Hideaki ending with Otani's seppuku. His head was never found.

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Panorama looking between West and North.

Main battlefield memorial on left, Mt Sasao on right.
Panorama
Mt Sasao
Mt Sasao and Ishida Mitsunari's camp.
Looking west
Looking south from near the battlefield memorial.

The crane is next to the museum.
Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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