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やぶさめ, Horseback archery


  Yabusame 流鏑馬 had already existed in the Heian period (8C - 12C) as one of the practical Samurai's martial arts on horseback.


  Yoritomo Minamoto (源頼朝, 12C, Founder of Kamakura Shogunate) emphasized Yabusame.  He held it as a samurai's honor and also as a Shogunate's event.

  It's said that Yabusame was held 47 times as a dedication to the deity of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu by the middle of the Kamakura Period.


  However that archery faded as times changed from the individual skill-dependent times to the era of new weapons and the tactical emphasis.

  Even after those declines, Yabusame archery has been handed down to the current generation.


  Now, Tsuruoka Hachimangu holds Yabusame performance several times a year in the same way as they did in the Kamakura period.

  It's difficult to see the archery mearby unless we have tickets or come to the site a few hours before the opening time because so many people come to see it in the shrine's grounds.


  Yabusame on the beach is held in Zushi, an immediately neighboring city of Kamakura, once a year.

  More people can see the archery on the open beach than the limited space of the shrine's grounds.  We can come around the site anytime, but it's recommended to come before the opening time in order to see the shoots at the place near the run-way.

  It's another fun to see the unique scenery of the Zushi's Yabusame.  Audience this side saw people watching the archery from on yacht or on the surfboard.


= Yabusame in 2018 =


Apr. 15th (Sun.)

1:00 p.m. At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

http://www.kamakura..... (Jp)

Archery will be performed to the public once in the course of the Kamakura City Festival that is held for one week from Apr. 9th, 2018.  Seat reservation is available by purchasing a wristband in advance.

* 3,000 yen per wristband/seat.

* Wristband sales will end on sold-out.

60 seats near the 3rd shooting points are available, while all seats near the 1st shooting point are sold out.  (as of Mar.15)


Open procedure to buy wristbands


Sep. 16th (Sat.)

1:00 p.m. At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

http://www.tsurugaoka...september (En)

  Archery was performed to the public as the yearly event of the Hachimangu Festival that is held for several days in the autumn. It was from September 14th to 16th in 2017.  


First Sunday in October

1:00 p.m. At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

http://www.tsurugaoka...october (En)

  It was held as an extra performance in the course of a festival called Sukeisha-Taisai (崇敬者大祭, Festival for the Hachimangu's association members).


Nov.18th (Sun.)

On the Zushi Beach

  It's just scheduled on Nov. 18th, but details are not determined yet.  It will be confirmed and announced after around September, 2018.








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