Welcome to Culture Day in Tokyo!
This holiday commemmorates the birthday of a former emperor, Emperor Meiji. Celebrations involve historical displays and competitions. At Meiji Shrine in Tokyo (the shrine was built for the remembrance of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Emperess Shoken) the "Grand Autumn Festival" takes place every year on Nov. 3. The activities include martial arts demostrations, samurai re-enactements, and my favorite, Yabusame. Yabusame is an archery contest, but it takes places while sitting on a moving horse!
There were 10 archers in the contest.
After the contest,
each archer drinks a
saucerful of sake (photo at right)