MATSUMOTO CASTLE GUN CORPS
WHO WE ARE
The Matsumoto Castle Gun Corps is a samurai performance team that formed in 1990. Since then the gunners have been celebrating hōjutsu; the way of the gun, with regular performances at festivals and events.
To do this we maintain a collection of matchlock guns that were made in the Edo-era.
We regularly practice the way of the gun and take part in gunnery exercises both in Matsumoto City; and other places in Japan.
More than just skilled swordsmen, many samurai were experts with firearms.
The first western style firearms were introduced in 1543, changing the way battle was fought in feudal Japan, forever.
Sometimes referred to as a teppo, tanegashima or hinawaju, these weapons were domestically produced and frequently carried by the famed samurai of Japan.
WHERE TO SEE US
The Matsumoto Castle Gun Corps is training for the 2023 season.
You can see us in Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture on the 19th of August 2023.
You can see us at Matsumoto Castle, Nagano Prefecture on the 15th of October 2023. 13:00 (tbc).
You can watch our previous performances by following the link below: