Traditional Japanese sport that combines horsemanship and archery, Yabusame.

Yabusame (horseback archery on horseback) is a traditional Japanese martial art that has been passed down through the ages, and is a Shinto ritual in which people make a wish. Yabusame has been passed down from the Heian period (794-1185) to the present, and is now so popular that it is practiced not only in Japan but also in the world. Yabusame has been held since ancient times to express a number of wishes.

Yabusame is a traditional Japanese martial art in which arrows called kaburaya are shot from a galloping horse and hit three targets. It is a sacred ritual for the training of warriors and a ceremony held in front of the gods.

Yabusame (horseback archery), a Shinto ritual, is meant to pray for peace, a good harvest, good health for all people, and healing from illness. If you have a wish, why not visit a shrine and watch horseback archery while wishing for peace in the world and good health for yourself and those close to you?

Shoga-do Yuzen Shu-in Book “goen” with title seal Black BK-4
This is a red seal book. A “red seal” received at a shrine or temple is a “record of your relationship with the gods and Buddha” that serves as proof of your visit to the shrine or temple. Although it varies from shrine to shrine, a red seal consists of a seal, the name of the shrine or temple, and the name of the deity or Buddha written in black ink. A red seal book is a book used for stamping red seals.

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One response to “Traditional Japanese sport that combines horsemanship and archery, Yabusame.”

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    When you visit Japan, you may have an opportunity to visit shrines for sightseeing. Why not collect red seals from various shrines?

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