Last fall, I had attended a Yabusame (horseback archery) event at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine in Kamakura, Japan. It is very popular and exciting, so I watched it again after the Kusajishi Archery event near the Sumida River in Asakusa.
With my new Canon EOS DSLR and a better vantage point (right behind the last target), I was able to take better pictures this time. Using a fast shutter speed to freeze the action, below are a number of pictures of the riders as they shot at the target. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a picture of an archer actually hitting the target – I was close as you can see the arrows in the air.