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MATSUSHIRO SANADA CLAN JUMANGOKU FESTIVAL

MATSUSHIRO SANADA CLAN JUMANGOKU FESTIVAL

Want a taste of the Sengoku period of Japan? Then the Matsushiro Sanada Clan Jumangoku Festival (松代藩真田十万石祭り) is where you have to go to.

Matsushiro was home to the Sanada clan during the Sengoku period. The clan was known for having riches worth jumangoku (十万石). Juman means 100,000 and goku was a counter for rice where 1 goku indicates 150 kg of rice. One goku is enough for 1000 portions of rice. In other words, the Sanada clan owned land worth 10,000,000 portions of rice. Which is enough to feed more than 9000 people for a whole year if they were to eat rice three times a day. This does not sound very impressive to people nowadays, but  500-600 years ago, it could be called a treasure.

 

It is a two-day festival, held both at the castle as well as in town. The first day is mainly about traditional music and dance, with some modern tunes mixed in. The second day is filled with samurai, parades, performances and more! This event will be fun whether you’re traveling solo, with the family or any other group composition. If you are in the area, please head over and take a look!

INFO

10:00 - 17:00

Second weekend of October

You can go by bus from Nagano station to Matsushiro. Please look here for more information: https://www.alpico.co.jp/access/nagano/matsushiro/

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