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The 25th Asakusa Yabusame horseback archery was held on April 21, 2007 at Sumida Park.
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Parallel to Sumida River, the archery course is straight and narrow, stretching from the Tobu Line bridge to Kototoi Bridge.
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The course has three targets which the archers will shoot arrows at.
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Raised dirt along the archery course.
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First, the horses, archers, and attendants parade along the entire course.
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Wooden targets
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Archer
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Yabusame archer
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Deer skin
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Setting up the wooden target.
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Bull's eye. This is the third and last target along the course. It is quite difficult to hit all three targets, especially the last one.
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The horseback archer raises his bow and arrow high in the air as he nears the target.
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Arrow in mid-air. Asakusa Yabusame.
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Dead on!
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The archers return to the starting point.
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This is the second target at the center of the archery course. This is where the biggest crowd was.
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Woman archer misses her target.
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The crowd favorite was this high school girl. See the arrow pierce the wooden target.
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Local high school girl proudly rides back to the starting point amid applause.
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Woman archer
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This is the first target which is near the starting point. Love it when the target shatters like that.
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The wooden target boards have an envelope of confetti stuck on the back so it explodes when the target breaks apart.
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Bingo! Also see my YouTube video here.
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Right after hitting the first target, the archer starts to pull out another arrow for the next target.
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Don't climb up any trees or step into the azalea bushes please. この叔父、つつじに入っちゃダメですよ。
     
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