Historical festival 

On the 3rd of May, there is s big historical festival in my home town. ( the history is as below ..) This year, I got VIP ticket to see them at the first raw 🙂

The Festival reenacts various historical events associated with Shimonoseki, such as the “Parade of court ladies of the Sentei (Former Emperor)Festival” of ladies dressed in gorgeous costumes, sea parades of more than 80 ships, and the “Samurai Parade” depicting the heroic march of Samurai War- riors in full armor.

The kimono , it weights around 25kg !! by the way …




The Genpei War (源平合戦 Genpei kassen, Genpei gassen?) (1180–1185) was a conflict between the Taira and Minamoto clans during the late-Heian period of Japan. It resulted in the fall of the Taira clan and the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate under Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1192.

The name “Genpei” (sometimes romanised as Gempei) comes from alternate readings of the kanji “Minamoto” (源) and “Taira” (平). The conflict is also known in Japanese as the Jishō-Juei War (治承寿永の乱 Jishō-Juei no ran?),[1][2] after the two eras between which it took place.

It followed a coup d’état by the Taira in 1179 and call to arms against them led by the Minamoto in 1180. The ensuing Battle of Uji took place just outside Kyoto, starting a five-year-long war, concluding with a decisive Minamoto victory in the naval Battle of Dan-no-ura.

The Genpei War came to an end one month later, following the battle of Dan-no-ura, one of the most famous and important battles in Japanese history. The Minamoto engaged the Taira fleet in the Straits of Shimonoseki, a tiny body of water separating the islands of Honshū and Kyūshū. The tides played a powerful role in the development of the battle, granting the advantage first to the Taira, who were more experienced and abler sailors, and later to the Minamoto. The Minamoto advantage was considerably enhanced by the defection of Taguchi, a Shikoku warrior who went over to the Minamoto side in the middle of the action. Many of the Taira nobles perished, along with Emperor Antoku and the widow of Kiyomori.[5]:302–303[8]

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