Kuwana – Tado Festival

The Tado Festival takes place every year during Golden Week on May 4th and 5th at Tado Shrine in the city of Kuwana, Mie Prefecture.

The main event of the festival is a horse jumping event which features young horseback riders in samurai armor who must jump a horse up and over a three-meter hill. This is traditionally believed to predict the harvest of the up coming year.

Other events follow the horse jumping on the second day, including yabusame, a form of archery.