Yabusame – Japanese Horseback Archery, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Yabusame is Japanese horseback archery, a tradition that goes back well over 1000 years. The first samurai referred to their profession as “The Way of the Horse and Bow” – the sword being a principle weapon coming much much later.

Yabusame is an archery ritual to bring good harvests and good fortune. An archer gallops down a track shooting at three targets. Those who hit all three are rewarded with a sacred cloth.

This Yabusame event took place in Nikko which is 2 hours north of Tokyo. It’s the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867). The Ogasawara Ryu (school of archery) conducted the event. They do Yabusame there in May and October.

Source: TYT Nation

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