This traditional martial arts performance is held every year on the second Sunday of June as a commemoration of the birth of master swordsman Tsukahara Bokuden, and includes performances of Japanese fencing of many styles, such as the Kashima Shinto-ryu.
In addition, there will be a performance of Japanese archery in the Hundred Hand format. The Hundred Hand format involves the archers standing in a line and releasing their arrows at the exact same moment so that they fall like rain on their targets. The name comes from the concept of ten archers shooting ten enemies, for a total of one hundred hands. The archers will be dressed in the nostalgic traditional costumes, and all belong to the famous Ogasawara School.
Date: June 10th, 2012
Japanese fencing: 10am to 12:30pm
Japanese archery: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Kashima Jingu