Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

Rambling Narrative of Travels, Thoughts, and Embellishments

Yabusame at Nikko – Samurai Horseback Archery

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 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.

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September 14, 2012 Posted by | Archery, festival, japan, japanese archery, japanese culture, Japanese martial arts, samurai, travel, Yabusame | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back-Been Busy!

After a fair bit of time of not posting videos, I’m back. I had some technical difficulties with my Mac and Windows Movie Maker was too much of a hassle to re-learn. I got the Mac fixed and now I’m back to watching my videos take ages to upload again – uh, yay?

Anyway, I stayed busy over the summer going to a number of events and festivals that you can see snippets of here.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more videos to follow!

September 14, 2012 Posted by | travel | , , , , | Leave a comment