The Ii "red devil soldiers, " marching past as warriors clad in red armor.
A demonstration of matchlock rifles used during Japan's Sengoku (or Warring States) Period (1467-1603) will be held. Please be aware that they make quite a loud noise.
Performances will be given by Hikone's firefighters. Local fire brigades like this were utilized during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Ladies wearing traditional straw hats. Hats like these were typically worn by women beginning in the Heian Period (794-1185)
Hikone's samurai cat mascot, "Hikonyan" will of course make an appearance!
Hikone elementary school students will also participate, making up a row of "child castle lords." Each elementary school will also give a musical performance during the events.