The procession – actually featuring about 1,200 participants – takes place on the second day of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine grand festival.
Starting at 11am, participants dress as warriors in samurai armour and escort mikoshi (portable shoulder borne shrines) to a hall in the sprawling shrine grounds. The authentic armour and weapons along with the scale of the event offer a unique opportunity to appreciate what the Shogun’s army must have looked like.
The Toshogu shrine was the shrine of the Tokugawa clan who ruled Japan continuously from 1603 to 1868.
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