In the Kenshin Festival that will be held in honor of the local Samurai, Uesugi Kenshin, during the later half of August, it has been decided that singer GACKT will be taking part in the festivities for the second year in a row. This will be his 6th appearance to date.

It was announced by the Festival Executive Committee on the 13th of June. One of the organisers expect that the city will be spending approximately 18.8 million yen on security costs and others. The Kenshin Festival will span 2 days from the 23rd of August, and GACKT is expected to appear on the 24th for the “Kick-Off Procession” and for the “Reenactment of the Kawanakajima Battle”.

GACKT acted as Uesugi Kenshin in 2007 for the NHK period drama “Fuurin Kazan”. During that year, the city extended an invitation to GACKT and the turnout for that year was at least four times more than the previous year. In the 5 previous times that GACKT has made an appearance in the Festival, he has drawn crowds totaling to around 200,000 people, and has turned this into a big summer event for the city.

In a way asking for help from celebrities, Chairman of the Committee, Koyama Masaaki, said that they would like to satisfy the event’s visitors. Welcoming the 90th milestone of the Festival next year, the Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line begins service next year in spring. Recognising the opportunity of livening up the city more, the Committee showed their keenness in continuing the policy of calling upon famous names to attend their events.