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35th Asakusa Yabusame & Kusajishi Festival

03/06/2017

Yabusame and Kusajishi Festival is a traditional event held in Asakusa. It is also a popular event attracting numerous audience every year. Visitors who are interested in traditional Japanese culture should not miss out this important event. I am sure it is a great chance to understand Japanese culture.

 

What is Yabusame?

The word Yabusame came from the word dating back to 19th centuries,  “Yabaseuma”, which means “ to shoot arrows while galloping on a horse”. Yabusame is an annually event held on 5th Jan as a New Year’s ceremony at Asakusa Shrine during the Edo period. Although the performance nowadays differs with the past, Japanese still believe that the event can help them to sustain their faith.

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What is Kusajishi?

Kusajishi is traditional Japanese archery competition in order to practise archery techniques. Kusajishi dates back to the Kenkyu period (1190~1199). The targets are in deer-shaped made of grass. Nowadays, Kusajishi is an archery ceremony presenting the traditional archery training.
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Details

  1. Date: April 15, 2017
  2. Time: Yabusame: 13:00 to 14:30 /   Kusajishi: 11:45~
  3. Venue: Taito Ward Sumida Park (Jidobashi - Tobu Rail Bridge)
  4. How to get there:

          8-min walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza/Tobu Skytree Line
          10-min walk from Asakusa Station on Asakusa Line

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Ticket

Booking tickets is recommended if you decided to join this ceremony.  They provide special seats for foreigners (150 seats). Staff there can introduce the ceremony in English. The leaflet is written in English so you do not need to worry about language barriers.

 

Price: 3000 yen/ one ticket
(Only Kusajishi is free of charge)

 

Where to buy:

1.Tourist Division, 9/F, Taito Ward Office

           Address:  4-5-6, Higashi-ueno, Taito, Tokyo
           Tel: 03-5246-1447
           Working Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays)

 

2. 1/F, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre

           Address: 2-18-9, Kaminari gate, Taito, Tokyo
           Tel: 03-3842-5566
           Working Hours: 09:00 - 20:00 (Every Day)

Notes:

Selfie is prohibited to use during this event.
The event will continue rain or shine

 

I am Michelle, a HongKonger. I enjoy new experience like going hiking in different countries and learning traditional Japanese cultures including Sado and Kabuki. Being an Organizational Communication graduate, I love to explore the world and capture it through my lens. My passion is to travel and realize my ideas through photography.
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