Hino Shinsengumi Festival
This two-day festival in Hino celebrates the roots of Japan’s last samurai force, the Shinsengumi. The Shinsengumi protected the government of Kyoto during the Bakumatsu period, but actually learned the way of the sword right here in Tokyo. This annual festival sees samurai enthusiasts flock from far and wide to take a step back in time and witness the event’s grand parade, where several hundred people march in period costumes. Saturday will host a Shinsengumi Contest where historical impersonators can show their costumes and compete for a place in the Sunday main parade. There will be a special selection of a representative to act as locally born Vice-commander Hijikata Toshizo, the ‘new’ Hijikata will be entrusted with a new replica sword until the following year’s contest. The festival also holds a variety of other events and entertainment all over the Takahatafudo and Hino-Shuku areas, including sword demonstrations, traditional music performances, festival booths and more. This action packed festival is sure to awaken your samurai spirit!