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More Yabusame at Asakusa

Posted in Animals, Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on May 7, 2015

More action packed photos of the grand Yabusame (mounted horse archery) event at Asaskusa’s Sumida Koen from a couple of weeks ago. I was too busy covering other parts of the event to be able to stand in line for tickets to the proper seats but I was just in time to get a good standing spot (free of charge and no lining up necessary) just at the beginning of the yabusame run. Close enough to smell the horses and get having to dusting of my camera and clothes after each run even. My first impression of Yabusame was similar to my first impression of sumo wrestling, in that there is a great deal of ceremony, parading and ritual, and in between fast and furious violent action that is often over in the blink of an eye. Yabusame is very much like that. In the photos it might seem almost leisurely but in real time the horses are gone past before you know it. On previous years I have had photos where the arrow is still in the air on its way to the target while the horse and archers has completely passed out of the frame even! Thank you Nikon, for making these high tech fast shooting cameras for us!











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  1. Stella Olrich said, on May 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Stella Olrich and commented:
    Yabusame at Asakusa :very good tradition race horses and archery and very good photos, these photos rendolno all the intensity of the action of this beautiful event
    and the relationship between humans and animals


  2. Junko said, on May 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    “Kakkoii !!” is the only word I can think of.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Buri-chan said, on May 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

    These are so much better than the Yabusame pictures I got in Tsuwano a few weeks ago! I have Nikon envy… Nonetheless, it’s such a great event to see in person, especially with the movement and the sounds. I:m glad I finally made it to one.


    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 2:59 am

      I have never seen the Yabusame there! How were the horses? It is very tricky. As a mere bystander it is almost impossible to get the best photos, but maybe on day…!


      • Buri-chan said, on May 20, 2015 at 5:40 am

        I just posted an entry about it, though my photos are nothing spectacular. The horses looked just fine to me, though maybe a little on the fiesty side!


        • tokyobling said, on May 20, 2015 at 9:11 am

          Great photos actually! The horses look medium sized to me, which should make for fun viewing. It is good to see new faces, I think I have seen most of the riders who are active in the Kanto region!


  4. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

    i assume they are only out for public viewing and demonstrations during spring season only?


    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Mostly in spring, but there are shows and competitions set up during the rest of the year too!


      • rudyhou said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:55 am

        thanks. good to know for future plan to visit japan.


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