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Yabusame: Traditional Horseback Archery in Japan – Ritual or Martial Art?

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May 14, 7pm ET


Renowned as a form of ritual horseback archery in Japan, yabusame (流鏑馬) is different from kisha (騎射), a general term for traditional mounted archery. While kisha refers to the martial art of the samurai, the term yabusame is reserved for Shinto rituals that are dedicated to yaoyorozu no kami, or the “eight million gods” of Japan’s oldest religion. Why is the 1,500-year-old yabusame performed as a Shinto ritual? What are the key features of traditional Japanese horseback archery?

EngageAsia will explore these questions with Mr. Yuya Sebata, an archer of the Takeda School of Horseback Archery and Superintendent of the Yabusame Kamakura Ground, which was built for practicing yabusame. Mr. Sebata—who also serves as a director of the Japan Equestrian Archery Association—will offer a rare glimpse into the history, techniques, and main attractions of yabusame.

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Learn more about the event on EngageAsia’s website.

This event is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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