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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Asakusa Yabusame (Horseback archery)

January 19, 2016

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Yabusame (Horseback archery) is a traditional Japanese ceremony of shooting whistling arrows at a target from a galloping horse. Asakusa Yabusame is Yabusame that was once held as a New Year's ceremony of Asakusa Shrine in the Edo period (1603 - 1868) and was revived and handed down as a tourist attraction. It is held at a special site in Sumida Park in the afternoon on the third Saturday in April (cancellation in the ceremony of stormy weather). You can see brave and powerful Yabusame in which archers in hunting costumes shoot an arrow from a galloping horse.
By the way seat reservations for a fee are recommendable because viewing space is limited and it is very crowded every year. The seat costs 2,000 yen and you can see Yabusame up closely while sitting down. You can purchase the ticket at the tourism department of Taito Ward office and Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center from the middle of March. You can also buy it by mail.
Furthermore in the morning of the day Kusajishi is held at Sanyabori Square of Sumida Park, which is a ceremony of shooting arrows at a target shaped like a deer made from bundled grass, not riding on horseback. There is no seat reservation in particular.