On the 23, 24 August in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, the Festival Executive Committee for the “89th Kenshin Festival” was announced on the 13th of June at the Joetsu City Hall before the press. It was also announced that musician GACKT will be participating in the Kenshin Festival this year. This will be his 6th appearance so far, and the 2nd year in a row that he will be participating in the festival. The Festival Executive Committee also said that they were interested expanding the size of the performance area and drawing more people to join in the festivities.

GACKT will be appearing on the 24th of August for the “Kick-Off Procession” beginning from 3.30p.m. and for the “Reenactment of the Kawanakajima Battle” beginning from 6p.m. . The city estimates the budget for GACKT’s invitation including the appearance fee, security costs etc., to be approximately 18.8million yen. The expected turnout for the event is estimated to be similar to the previous year, with about 200,000 people.

The Festival Executive Committee also said in relation to “people being more interested in seeing a GACKT Kenshin”, they want to increase GACKT’s performance area and plans to make adjustments to appearance timings and such. From here on, they will be coordinating with GACKT’s side.

Koyama Masaaki (73), the Chairman of the Committee, was enthusiastic in relation to the Kenshin Festival reaching the 90th milestone next year and the Hokuriku Shinkansen’s opening. He said, “ We want to satisfy the visitors this year and to bring in an even larger crowd for the Kenshin Festival next year.”

The Committee is in the process of producing the publicity posters and pictures, and will begin sales and postings outside the city from early July.

Source: joetsutj.com