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A Procession of Archers – Meijijingu

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on November 9, 2013

At last weeks budo tournament in Tokyo’s Meijijingu grand shrine I saw this procession of archers making their way from the shrine ceremony to the archery, kyudo, range or dojo. There had been a big tournament and hundreds of archers had been ranked and tested. Unfortunately as much as I wanted I wasn’t able to gain access to the archery range itself. Maybe next year! They are wearing ceremonial clothes and carrying shrine ornaments and holy bows. Of course I couldn’t help myself from taking snapping a photo of a little boy eager to test his running skills next to the procession. Don’t worry, his mother was right behind him!

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  1. karen_machida said, on November 9, 2013 at 6:23 am

    wow! This is so awesome! I didn’t know they had such a thing in Japan! I love how your photos turned out, especially the ones you see everyone all lined up with their long bows too lined up and up in the air!

  2. yoshizen said, on November 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Blimey ! This is an utter education to me. = Never heard of, or seen the photos about this.
    As such number of people participating, it couldn’t be inconspicuous hobbyist’s event,
    still, no knowledge till this age — is really incredible. Thanks to Tokyobling to educates me !

  3. Dina Farmer said, on November 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I love, love, love the last shot! Tokyobling you must always ben in the right place at the right time!

    • tokyobling said, on November 11, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Dina! (^-^;) I am sure I missed a million good shots though. I was lucky that none of the passerbys walked into the picture as well. (^-^)

  4. Emily K. Tankersley said, on November 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love that last picture. This looks fantastic.

  5. Cathryn said, on November 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Love that last photo too! Amazing.

  6. amadl said, on November 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Oooh the costumes.. the coLors.. the boy.. the man in red who Looked especiaLLy dashing :p
    And the Last photo! Amazing d^^b


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