Jan 302013

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Momoteshiki is a ceremony performed by Ogasawara school of Japanese archery, usually in places of religious importance. 10 archers shoot ten series of arrows which amount to 100 series, which the ceremony derives its name from.

This is theory, because the Momoteshiki usually performed nowadays have shortened form which does not differ much from other archery events.

But the process of shooting and beautiful historical costumes are worth seeing.

This particular event took place in Kashihara Jingu – a shinto shrine in Nara Prefecture dedicated to the first emperor Jimmu – the first in the line of Emperors of Japan. The shrine is located in a place where according to legend emperor ascended to the throne of Japan.

First archer shot a ceremonial arrow with a whistle on its head. And then three groups of archers shot into the target.

Practical information

Kashihara Jingu is easily accessible from Osaka, Kyoto or Nara with Kintetsu train line. And it takes some 30-40 minutes ride depending on the departure point. The event does not seem to attract many people making it quite attractive for people both interested in archery as well as photographers.

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