The Joma Shinji Japanese New Year archery ritual is based on the Japanese belief that arrows have the power to banish evil – the word Joma translates as “keep evil spirits away”.
The ceremony takes place at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura and dates back to between 1185 and 1333, when Kamakura was the military capital of Japan. Archers shoot at circular targets 27 metres (88 1/2 feet) away. On the back of a target is painted an upside-down kanji character (a Japanese writing symbol) for "oni", which means "devil". It all seems like a good excuse for us to mix a Japanese-inspired drink, so we're suggesting a Japanese Cocktail. This particular recipe is an adaptation of one first published in Jerry Thomas's 1862 book, Bar-tender's Guide.