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  • Asakusa yabusame and kusajishi

    21 April 2018
    Sumida Park, Taito City

    Yabusame is the art of Japanese horseback archery, which embodies the samurai spirit and Shinto traditions. In Tokyo, it used to be held at Asakusa Shrine during the Edo period, as a ritual to mark New Year.

    Asakusa Yabusame 2018

    Today the traditional art of yabusame is demonstrated as a tourist event, yet in full respect of its requirement. Prior to the yabusame, a less known, traditional art of “kusajishi” will be performed. Both the kusajishi and the yabusame will start with a procession of participants clad in colourful kimono costumes.

    Photo courtesy: Taito City


    The archers demonstrate kata (forms) of kyudo (the Japanese archery), using a deer-shaped target made of leather.

    【time】 11:45 am – 0:45 pm
    【place】 Sumida Park (Sanyabori Hiroba)
    【price】 Free

    Asakusa yabusame (horseback archery) 2017 (amuzen article)
    Photo courtesy: Taito City


    It is utterly spectacular to see each archer on a horse, bursting into full gallop, fire three arrows at three wooden targets in succession. When hit, the target splits into two to emit white confetti in the air, to the delight of spectators.

    【time】 1 – 2:30 pm
    【place】 Sumida Park (special site near Kototoi-bashi Bridge)
    【advance ticket】 ¥3,000

    Asakusa yabusame (horseback archery) 2017 (amuzen article)
    Photo courtesy: Taito City

    Advance Yabusame tickets

    The popular event draws more than 20,000 spectators to a narrow strip of land. The access to the area will be restricted according to the capacity.

    An advance ticket (coming with souvenirs) will allow you to secure a seat. If you are from overseas, a seat closer to the first target will be allocated. You may need a Japanese friend to help you obtain a ticket for you (the information will be updated on the Japanese post’s page).

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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