On 3rd November 2016 (Thursday, public holiday in Japan), local martial artists demonstrated their skills at Kumamoto castle, Kumamoto, Japan.
Kumamoto castle was badly damaged by major earthquakes in 2016 and it is estimated to require 20 years to be restored. However, this annual martial arts event, as a part of Kumamoto castle fall festival (お城まつり「熊本城武道の祭典・古武道演武会」) was held as planned, by members of 16 Kobudo (Japanese traditional martial arts) styles.
The demonstration event came to a close by a loud blast of Ashikita Teppo-tai (葦北鉄砲隊, gun unit) demonstration.
Photographed by Taisha-ryu Ryu-sen-kan