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January 16th was the 大的大会 (Oh-mato taikai; lit. Festival of the Great Target) at Sanjūsangen-dō temple in Kyoto.  Oh-mato taikai is a contest based on a much older archery contest called 通し矢 (Toshiya; lit. passing arrow) that was held for 255 years before being ending in 1861 (Source: Wikipedia).  Approximately 2,000 men and women come to participate.  It starts early (9am) and despite getting there before 9am, there was already a line to get into the temple.  It was extremely crowded, but I managed to squeeze myself into a good spot that was lined up with the archers.  They got two arrows to shoot with.

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Ashley

Grew up in philly, used to live in nyc, spent a year in japan. I like shopping. Gotta figure out what to do with this blog now...

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