Autumn is the peak season of Japanese tourism not only because of the natural scenery, but the love poems are collected but also because in this period there are many special festivals. Yabusame festival is one of the autumn festivals of Phu Tang, attracting a lot of visitors’ attention.
Yabusame originated in the 6th century, when the situation in the country was more chaotic and difficult. Before this situation, the emperor prayed at a temple and he rode on a horse and shot at three targets as a prayer for the country to be at peace.
The Kamakura period (1192-1338) marked the beginning of the application of samurai rules in Japan. When the government gave full authority to Kamakura at the end of the 12th century, Yabusame rituals were performed at almost every major festival in the country and became a meeting. Official annual ceremony.
Yabusame festival is seen as a way for nobles to train their samurai, but has gradually developed into a religious ritual. The tournament is considered a sacred event and the archers are led by a Shinto priest to the starting line. Initially, the competition was how nobles trained their Samurai.
However, even now, women can participate in the competition. To complete their test, each archer must hit three arrows on the target while riding a horse. Therefore, this new festival is called Archery Horse Riding.
To this day, all preparations for Yabusame are not different from the rituals that were first held in the 12th century, from costume suits, Katana swords to bows and arrows to recreate a historical period of the Land of Tang. On the race, the knights had to take down three wooden steles one after another along the racetrack.
Those steles that are mounted at the altitude represent a weak point of a cavalry: head or eye, about 2 meters above the ground, just below the hat. The first beer is mounted 30 meters from the beginning of the racetrack, the second, 75 meters after the first beer and the last 75 meters after the second.
The three judges will award the archers based on the number The target is hit. The prize for the winner is a white cloth, symbolizing the blessing that comes from the Shinto gods.