What is Yabusame, Japanese horse back archery!

What is Yabusame, Japanese horse back archery!

Yabusame Japanese horse back archery

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Yabusame is a type of horseback archery performed in the samurai society.

It’s an ancient Japanese archery art that combines horsemanship and archery.



The origin of Yabusame is said to date back to AD 552 when Emperor Kinmei.

It’s in order to subdue warfare within and outside the country.

The most skilled archer shoot three targets from a horse to pray for “peace under heaven and a good harvest”.

The ritual temporarily fell into disuse during the 15th 16th century.

It’s a period of time that the evolution of military tactics.

That period was from an era that relied on the bravery of individuals to an era of group combat using foot soldiers and guns.

After this time, horseback archery was often used to pray for births and to ward off bad luck as a ritual.

Currently, yabusame is widely held throughout Japan and has become a major tourist attraction.

Meiji Shrine performance

On November 3, there will be about 60 demonstrations of various Japanese martial arts at Meiji Shrine.

Karate, Aikido, Kendo, Iaido, Judo, Jujutsu, Kobudo, Naginata-do, Yabusame, and Yabusame!

You can see many martial arts that you have never seen before.

Yabusame (horseback archery) will be held on the lawn of the west approach to Meiji Jingu Shrine from 13:00.

Why don’t you come and see traditional Japanese martial arts?

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