Archery event replicates Japan’s ancient history
NHK — AUG 05
A traditional Japanese archery event has taken place at a popular tourist spot north of Tokyo to honor a legendary archer and feudal warrior.
The late 12th century warlord, Nasuno Yoichi, who belonged to the Minamoto clan is said to have prayed for the defeat of the rival Taira clan by shooting an arrow at a fan, which was set above a small boat at sea. The arrow successfully hit the target.
About 1,800 archers, including junior high school students, joined the annual event at Lake Chuzenji in the city of Nikko on Monday.
They displayed their skills after priests and archers in ancient armor opened the event by firing arrows at targets on boats in the lake 30 meters away.