The Jidai Matsuri Festival


Jonan Yabusame Row (Kamakura Period) Yabusame (horseback archery), in which targets are shot from horseback, has been popular since the Heian period (794-1185) as an etiquette for warriors. In 1221 (Shokyu 3), Emperor Go-Toba summoned warriors from more than ten provinces in the Kinki region to participate in Yabusame (horseback archery) at Jonan Detached Palace in order to restore imperial power. This procession represents the appearance of warriors disguised as Yabusame (archery on horseback) led by archers dressed in hunting costumes.

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