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Men dressed as samurai warriors fight with swords during a re-enactment of the Battle of Kawanakajima, which was fought in the mid 16th century, in Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. Every April participants hold a re-enactment to mark the harshest of a series of five battles between two famous warlords, Kenshin Uesugi and Shingen Takeda. The event reflects growing interest among Japanese in feudal-era leaders.

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Men dressed as samurai warriors fight with swords during a re-enactment of the Battle of Kawanakajima, which was fought in the mid-16th century, in Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. Every April participants hold a re-enactment to mark the harshest of a series of five battles between two famous warlords, Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen. The event reflects growing interest among Japanese in feudal-era leaders.