The Ieyasu Procession is the main event in the middle of Okazaki’s cherry blossom season. This festival offers a chance to remember the legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu unified Japan under one rule through great hardship and established the foundation for a peaceful 260 years under the Tokugawa Shogunate. The festival also acknowledges the performance of the Mikawa warriors including the four generals serving the Tokugawa shogun. Some 1,000 people dressed as warriors and cavaliers along with lord Ieyasu parade through his hometown creating the feeling that you have travelled back to the Edo era. Starting with an opening ceremony at Iga Hachimangu Shrine, the parade marches 3.5 km around the city center and on the riverbed of the Oto River a mock battle and matchlock demonstrations are staged.