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Saddle up for Excitement: Asakusa Yabusame and Kusajishi



2023.04.06 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Get ready to experience the thrill of galloping horses and ancient archery at Asakusa Yabusame and Kusajishi - two traditional Japanese events that will hit the bullseye on your target for entertainment in Japan!

Held in Taito City’s Sumida Park, Asakusa Yabusame is a horseback archery event in which men dressed as Kamakura warriors shoot at targets from galloping horses. Originally a New Year's event in the Edo period, it has now been revived as an annual tourist event. Here, the spectator seats are located directly in front of the track where the horses race by, providing a thrilling experience for those in the front rows. The pounding of the horses' hooves is sure to echo in your heart!

The Kusajishi event, on the other hand, is an archery art form that involves shooting at a deer-shaped target made of planks, cowhide, cotton, and other materials. The archers wear traditional clothing, including a raven hat and a straight robe, giving the audience a taste of the Kamakura period. Both events will be held on May 27, 2023, and visitors will be able to see several archers in action.

If you are planning to attend the Yabusame event, keep in mind that tickets, which cost 3000 yen each, are required to view the event. The Kusajishi event is free. It is also important to note that the use of selfie sticks is prohibited in the venue for safety reasons.

So mark your calendars for May 27, 2023, and saddle up for a thrilling cultural experience in Tokyo that will have you cheering. Asakusa Yabusame and Kusajishi offer an authentic taste of Japan's rich heritage and will leave you with unforgettable memories. Come to Taito City's Sumida Park just east of Asakusa Station and don't miss out on the chance to witness these ancient traditions come to life.

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