Osaka Temmangu Shrine Akitaisai Autumn Festival Yabusame-shinji Horseback Archery 0

The festival dates back to the Muromachi period, when Tadaakira Matsudaira became the lord of Osaka castle in the first year of the Genna period (1615). Osaka Temmangu records show that he staged a Shinto ritual horseback riding performance on orders from the Shogun.

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The festival dates back to the Muromachi period, when Tadaakira Matsudaira became the lord of Osaka castle in the first year of the Genna period (1615). Osaka Temmangu records show that he staged a Shinto ritual horseback riding performance on orders from the Shogun. Other lords and leaders of the castle have continued the tradition for generations, from the feudal era through the early modern and even the modern commanders of the JGSDF 4th Division.
Dressed in hunting costumes of the Muromachi period, participants shoot at three targets on horseback. However, Osaka has developed as a city in the interim, and space concerns mean that archers now shoot using half-length bows.

  • name

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • place

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • address

    2-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0041
  • transport

    Minami-morimachi Station on the Subway Tanimachi and Sakaisuji Lines
    5-minute walk from Osakatemmangu Station on the JR Tozai Line
  • schedule

    October 25th from 15:00
  • point

    A priest mounts a horse and makes his way around the takadono (tower) located in the yuniwa (festival square) three times on horseback before making a loop around to purify the grounds. Next, a man wearing a soldier's garb and straw hat mounts a horse and, after circling the takadono tower three times, he throws scatters Japanese flag fans around at a trot.
    Next, a person dressed in a Muromachi period hunting costume shoots arrows in four directions beneath the worship hall before mounting a horse and, after making three loops around the takadono tower, hits the three targets with arrows shot from a small bow.
  • name

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • tel

    06-6353-0025
  • general participation

    Yes
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