I must say, this show was quite unusual. I was studying martial arts for 7 years, and then lived in Japan for 13, and I have never seen an event displaying the traditional pre Meiji Era riflemen in action. There are no guns in Japan, even policemen guarding the police stations can be often seen resting on a bo (a long stick used in many types of Japanese martial arts, like karate, or aikido), but I have actually never seen a gun in Japan, not to mention about hearing one. We went to the Meiji Shrine to shoot the horseback archery even, but when I saw those guys I had to take a few shots. This older men was my favorite, he had this aura of a true old warrior, and I picked him out from the whole group immediately. I just wish the sun was at a different angle, but you cannot have everything, can you. Stay tuned, as more shots from today's event at Meiji Jingu in Tokyo are coming!
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