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Yabusame is Japanese horseback archery, a tradition that goes back well over 1000 years. The first samurai referred to their profession as "The Way of the Horse and Bow" - the sword as a principle weapon coming much much later.
This clip's Yabusame event took place in Nikko which is 2 hours north of Tokyo. It's the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867). The Ogasawara Ryu (school of archery) conducted the event. They do Yabusame there in May and October.
VariousYabusame are seen in various places of Japan in the season of the festival.→Another clip
Soma no ma-oi(4:42
"Soma no ma-oi" is the sacred rites "Horse game in Soma" of the mounting a horse samurai who continued in the Soma, Fukushima district where there was heavy damage by the Great East Japan Earthquake for 1,000 years. It's a 3-day festival with parades, horse races, flag catching horse battles, and wild horse catching.
Through a girl participating in this event for the first time, this is the documentary animation about "the samurai spirit" of people of Soma .
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