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Yonezawa Uesugi Festival – Buteishiki Ceremony!

Throughout his life, Uesugi Kenshin had always fought valiantly in the frontlines of battle. The buteishiki ceremony was held by Uesugi Kenshin before battles to pray to the deities for victory based on the firm belief that it would stomp out dishonourable and crooked acts on behalf of the deities.

The Uesugi festivities have yet to end! Start off your evening on 2nd May (Tuesday) with the buteishiki procession, which will march from Uesugi Mausoleum, pass Zennichisan Senshouin temple, and end at Uesugi Shrine. Hang around if you’re in the area!

Time: 4:40 pm ~ 5:30 pm

There are also two more performances lined up for all to enjoy! Check them out as you wait for the buteishiki rituals to begin proper!

5:30 pm – Yamagata ‘Ai’ Samurai Troupe Sparring
6:10 pm – Uesugi Taiko Performance

And the highlight of the day is the buteishiki ceremony itself! Catch a glimpse of the Sengoku era as you observe the rituals that have been recreated with the help of the Buteishiki Preservation Society! These include the sacred Gotensui morale-boosting rites, the Uesugi gunmen’s firing display, and many more!

Time: 6:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm
Venue: Denkoku no Mori open field

For more information on access routes and road closures, please check this post.
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