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Jan 17, 2019
Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto
17th January, 2019 | at Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery. A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away
Archers compete against each other in the 120-meter long Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is the world's longest wooden structure.
The l meter in diameter target is positioned 60 meters away, so a high level of expertise is required.
As this event marks the first shooting of arrows in the New Year, it is also called "New Year archery" and is held on the Sunday closest to January 15th. Advanced-level archers, as well as 20-year-olds gather there from all over the country.
In Japan, coming of age occurs when turning twenty. Rows of young women dressed in kimono in celebration of entering adulthood draw their bows, creating a very impressive sight.
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