Do you want to see and meet Samurai around Enoshima and Kamakura?
There is a chance to join the Yoshitsune Matsuri festival
[義経祭] that is held in the middle of the April in Koshigoe Town in Kamakura.
This festival is held around the Manpukuji Temple
where Minamoto no Yoshitsune [源義経 (half-brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo,
the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate)] stayed in the
Kamakura era and remember his great achievement as a excellent military
First of the festival, a Buddhist memorial service to remember Minamoto
no Yoshitsune is held at the main temple building of Manpukuji Temple in
Koshigoe, in west of Kamakura around 13:00.
After the memorial service in the temple, people who dressed like an samurai
and participating in a parade going to Ryukoji Temple
in Katase (near Enoshima Station) that is the meeting place of the parade.
At the front of Ryukoji Temple
, a team of samurai join the team of brass band club of local high schools
and junior high school, Yosakoi dance team of local elementary school and
While waiting for the start of parade, high school students are greets and waves their hands to the passing Enoden train.
Around 14:00, the parade departs for Manpukuji Temple in Koshigoe, while
the local high school brass band team in the lead. The line of samurai
continues in the next.
The configuration of participating people in the parade such as samurai,
Buddhist priest, the princess or "Miko" shrine maiden changes
every year. It is interesting to see their traditional colorful costume
and Japanese armor (Yoroi and Kabuto).
Because Enoden train often passing through this Koshigoe Shopping Street
in Kamakura, the parade stops and participants and sightseers make way
for a train when a train approaches.
The scene that brave samurais make way for a train is really interesting
and mismatch, for as if we did a time travel. It cannot see any other place
The yosakoi dance team of local elementary school child acting as the tail
of the parade, sounds Naruko (a wooden musical instrument that use on yosakoi
dance) which they had in a hand whenever a train passing.
When a train passes, the street is filled with the participants of the
festival again and the parade is continue to go to Manpukuji Temple.
After arrived at the temple, some ceremonies are carried out there.