※※ Hachiman Shrine Festival ※※
To be held this Sunday on October 9, 2011, this annual festival held in Toki City, Gifu is said to have begun in 1623 when the lord of Tsumaki Castle offered a horse in exchange for good fortune in battle. To this day, horses still play a central role in the festival, as archery on horseback is the main attraction! Six elementary school boys, riding up the mountainside on horseback towards the shrine, each take 6 rounds of shooting as their horses whiz pass the targets-3 times in battle garb, battle helmets and all, and 3 times in the garb of ancient Japan. Aside from that event, the horses themselves are paraded for all to see, there is a matchlock rifle ceremonial firing, and finally there is a parade of school children fully equipped with samurai armor. It is a relatively unique event among Japanese festivals, so if you have time this weekend you should definitely check it out!
Location: Hachiman Shrine, Tsumaki-cho, Toki City
Time: 11am (horseback archery from 2:30pm)
Access: Train to JR Toki Station South Exit à Tohnoh Tetsudou Bus on the Toki Tsumaki Line à Get off at Tairaguchi à 10 minute walk to the Hachiman Shrine
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