Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Yabusame 流鏑馬 #2

There are two types of Yabusame: the one of the Kamakura Era is called Koshiki and the one of the Edo Era is called Kisha Hasamimonoshiki. The Shogun encouraged Yabusame as a necessary accomplishment of a samurai and at present, the head of the Ogasawara family holds these archery competitions in Kamakura, Nikko and Asakusa. Originally yabusame was designed as a way to please and entertain the myriad of gods that watch over Japan, thus encouraging their blessings for the prosperity of the land, the people, and the harvest. Pictured is an archer toward the end of the event dressed in ceremonial armor with bow unknocked and wrapped, a member of a parade ending with an awards ceremony.

5 comments:

  1. I've seen this in Hawaii once during the Honolulu Festival. Very impressive stuff!

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  2. That is cool, I did not know they had this on Oahu!

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  3. Just once, I believe, on Ward Avenue (I think)

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  4. Thanks! I lived on Oahu a number of years but never quite made it to the Honolulu Festival.

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