Fortunately the first day hit on Sunday this year and, because of that, lots of tourists- Japanese and foreigners- were there under the beautiful blue sky and we had a terrific traffic jam!!! It took me about an hour to get from JR Nikko station to Shinkyo bridge (around 2 km) that corresponds to the same time as I spent to get from my hometown (Utsunomiya city) to JR Nikko station (around 42 km).
Yabusame performance started at 14:30 and finished around 15:15.
I assume there are 4 archers shooting targets. Some but not all are very skilled!
|Am I beautiful?|
The little boy is called Chigo (稚児), local elementary school boys dressed in a traditional kimono and make-ups.
|Whoops! Did I kill photographers???|
There are three targets along Omote sando (表参道/main street to Toshogu first torii gate) and only one or two archers could manage to shoot them all.
BTW, it was also a special day for me as I launched a new lens, M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO. All the images in this entry are taken by this!!!