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Yamamoto Kansuke (click for more information)

Our next move was to invade via river, so we sat on the road above the river bank and baked some more as old ladies on bicycles and young parents with strollers were ushered through the foot-wide space in the road where we all sat. As we sat on the hard ground worrying we all were going to pass out from dehydration or piss off the cops directing traffic, the battle raged on the opposite side of the river. Archers shot burning arrows into clumps of kerosene-soaked pine on the field, creating the illusion that the field was burning in the smoke of war. Others set off colored smoke flares. We waited.

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On 3 May 2010, I fought in a re-enactment of the Battle of Kawanakajima in Yamagata-ken. I really wanted to start this post by saying I rode into battle, or even that I strode into battle, but, in truth, I stumbled out of a river hacking and coughing into battle.

A fine day for a battle reenactment!

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