Monday, October 29, 2012

侍弓道 Samurai Archery Kasagake Matsuri 2012

Japanese Archery evokes imagery of large Samurai armies of the Warring States Period and earlier. Today, it exists as Kyudo and has schools both in Japan and the United States where one can learn in the way of the Samurai. But living outside of Japan there are few opportunities to see Kyudo performed in the manner in which the Samurai specifically speaking in regards to mounted archery or "Yabusame" which grew from Takeda-ryu and Ogasawara-ryu. One of the best places to see such archery  is at the Kasagake Matsuri held each year at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto. Thanks to Kyoto Fan on Facebook, we are able to share this video with you. Enjoy!

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