Went back to Kamakura, where a famous Great Buddha is at, to witness the annual Yabusame or Horseback Archery Festival.
Seen on this post is the second day of the three-day festival. It includes the many parades and other rituals.
When visiting Kamakura for the Great Buddha or the Jizo statues in Hase-dera, try to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine as it is a nice place to visit with or without the festival.
Lots of colors and sounds, and a little of action during the second day.
I most especially enjoyed seeing the horses and when the kids paraded a mikoshi shrine.
I went for the third day hoping to see the demonstration of the actual horseback archery, as I’ve been dying to see it for myself. Unfortunately, it was raining and I got there a bit later than so many early birds. And so, it was crowded and all I saw were a bunch of umbrellas. 🙂 😦
Oh well, better luck next April for me. I will be there extra, extra early to be in front of the actions. Anywho, like I said, the area offers a good stroll, Kamakura has plenty of points of interest to explore, and the parade of the festival a neat event to witness.
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