There are many different types of archery in the world, and they have been passed on for a long history. In Japan, we have a mounted style of archery called ‘Yabusame’. It has been traditionally played at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura. You can watch the powerful play 3 times a year!
A Yabusame archer mounts on a hourse, wearing Japanese traditional armor and helmet and shoots the arrows at three different targets while running. Yabusame was started in 7th century. It was a part of training for war, but became ritual for blessing the harvesting and people’s prosperity. Archers run for about 250 meters at high speed at the pathway in the shrine. Audiences often watch it along the pathway, so you can feel its speed and horse’s sprint. So thrilling to see!
Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine is in Kamakura, a popular tourist spot. Yabusame ritural play is held 3 times a year, in April, September and October. Besides the shrine, Kamakura has many historical and cultural spots.
Why don’t you visit Kamakura and see Japanese old archery??