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posted by  Yubi | 11¬†months, 2¬†weeks ago in Art & Culture

About 1,500 people dressed as samurai warriors in armor have paraded in central Japan to celebrate 16th-century warlord Takeda Shingen.

The parade on Saturday in the streets of Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, is part of an annual festival that started on Friday.

Participants reenacted Shingen leading his 24 generals into battle.

After a rallying cry, they headed for a street in the city center.

Crowds of people lined the street, taking photos and waving.

A 4th-grader from Tokyo said the parade was cool, and that he took lots of photos.

A local high school student said it was her first time at the festival, and that she wants to come back with her friends next year as the samurai warriors looked so cool.