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Learning Yabusame

January 26, 2010

Yabusame (流鏑馬) is a type of Japanese archery, one that is performed while riding a horse. The archer shoots a special “turnip-headed” arrow at a wooden target.

This style of archery has its origins at the beginning of the Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became alarmed at the lack of archery skills his samurai had. He organized yabusame as a form of practice.

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Nowadays, the best places to see yabusame performed are at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Kamakura and Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. It is also performed in Samukawa and on the beach at Zushi, as well as other locations.(Wiki)

6 comments

  1. Haha it reminds me of legend of Zelda, shooting at monsters is so fun😀


    • Ah, Zelda brings back good memories… I loved the music in the series🙂


  2. I remember seeing footage of a practice session. Pretty impressive, even without the crowds. Archery is a very dignified sport – and doing it whilst on a horse going at full gallop certainly adds to the cool factor.


    • Yes, it is cool and very difficult.


  3. ah, I ended up watching the whole thing, and you’ve an awesome blog🙂


    • Thank you🙂



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