Yabusame

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yabusame (流鏑馬) is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery, that has its origins at the beginning of the Kamakura period. An archer gallops down a 255-meter-long track at high speed, controlling the horse with his knees, as he needs both hands to draw and shoot his bow.

From that complicated situation, he shoots three special “turnip-headed” arrows, successively, at three wooden targets.

Yabusame at Nikko, Japan
© Nano Calvo

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