Yabusame in Machida

Female archers on horseback at Serigaya Park

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

Every year in October Machida holds a Jidai Matsuri, where people wear costumes from the past and parade through the town streets. Later the same day there is a horseback archery competition in Machida's Serigaya Park. First, men compete, then women. They have to shoot at two paper targets spaced alongside the track. Finally the targets are changed to pieces of wood, and both the men and the women compete together. This video shows the female archers. It is an exciting event to watch, and there are always a lot of spectators.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.

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