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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part VI – Wild Horse Catching.

The Odaka “Wild Horse Catching” event was traditionally an offering of wild horses from local samurai lords to the local temple, where they would be kept as assets. The problem is, they must have run out of wild horses pretty quickly.

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part III – Video of Haranomachi Samurai Races.

Just a quick, fairly terrible video of the goings-on at the samurai race day.

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part IV – Odaka Samurai Parade.

After the samurai races, they all ride back home to their towns. They make a bit of a parade of it, and I snapped some more photos.

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part II – Haranomachi Samurai Races.

When we were going to the samurai races, I was expecting a few old guys wearing their grandfather’s old helmet having a bit of a trot around a paddock. I was not expecting several hundred dudes on horseback, decked out in full regalia.

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part I – Haranomachi Matsuri/Festival

It was my birthday on the weekend, and Alice managed to outdo last year’s deep sea party by negotiating with the regional government to hold the yearly samurai festival in my honour. It started off with a street festival, or matsuri.

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