Uesugi Matsuri

Uesugi Matsuri

April 29-May 3
This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578), known for his strong principles and for staying away from women all his life. He fought battles in the hopes of becoming emperor of Japan, but he became ill and died while leading an assault on Kyoto. Uesugi Kenshin is also remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa river, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. It was here that he faced his arch-enemy Takeda Shingen, the ruler of a neighboring state. Both men passed away due to natural causes before either accomplished a conclusive victory.
The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era.
CONTACTS:
The Yamagata Tourism Information Center
1-1-1, Kajo Central
Jonan-machi
Yamagata, 990-8580 Japan
81-2-3647-2333; fax: 81-2-3646-6333
www.yamagatakanko.com/english
SOURCES:
IllFestJapan-1993, p. 44
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