On the third Saturday in April, traditional Japanese archery demonstrations are held in Asakusa. The road along the Sumida river in the Sumida River Park is roped off, benches for paid seats are put up and in the center of the road, a track is prepared with sand for the horses to run on. Three targets are placed along the road. But before the mounted archers, there is a regular (i.e. unmounted) archery demonstration at 11 am near the sports center, where one can get a good look at the technique and implements. Everyone involved is wearing fancy traditional attire and the ritual of getting ready to shoot the arrow at a deer-shaped target hung some distance away seems at least as important as the actual shot itself. The mounted part, Yabusame, starts at 1 pm. It has to be said that if one does not pay for a seat, it is difficult to get a good view of the action. While the road can be overlooked from another walkway higher up, the long, narrow nature of the park and the crowd that the event draws make it impossible to see more than just a small patch of the road with a flash of a running horse passing. For most visitors, the targets themselves are not visible (however, one can judge from the ahhs and ohhs of the crowd how the shot went). A similar demonstration held at Yoyogi Park in November affords a better view. Nonetheless, this type of event is always fun to attend and to see the costumes and the horses. Similar to our earlier experience at Yoyogi Koen, it took a good 25 minutes before the first archer attempted his luck. On the running horse, he or she has about 3 seconds of time between the targets. In fact, only a few times they managed to shoot at all three of them (let alone hitting the mark). Yabusame events have been held in Asakusa already during the Edo period. This event, along with many others (such as the Tori-no-ichi, the White Heron Dance, the Hoozuki Ichi and the Sanja Matsuri), fits in well with the more traditional shitamachi-spirit of Asakusa and is yet another attraction for the visitor.