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The Kawanakajima Samurai Battle Festival depicts the famous battle between Yamanashi's warlord Takeda Shingen, and his famous rival Uesugi Kenshin. Kawanakajima is considered one of the most famous battle spots between these two warlords, fought between 1553 to 1564 for possession of the land. There were five battles in total, with the fourth (the Battle of Hachimanbara) considered the most famous. The battles resulted in casualties in the thousands, and the battles have spawned stories of the two Samurai Leaders. Every year, this reenactment draws in hundreds to recreate the famous battle of the samurai armies along the riverbed. Participants dress in samurai armor and stage an epic battle for guests to watch.
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