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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yabusame Performance


Yabusame (流鏑馬) performance was dedicated to the Shinto deity, Toyokiiribiko (豊城入彦命), at Futaarayama Shrine (二荒山神社) in Utsunomiya downtown.
The performance took place last November during Kikusui Festival (菊水祭) but the photo I'm posting today...

Why?

I have been thinking about "Sacred horse" and "Ema (絵馬)" today. Lina, one of the lovely participants in "Show Me Japan", posted a beautiful B&W photo of "Ema" on her blog and I left a comment on it. Then I was asked to elaborate on this issue. And so I did with its historical background included.

Today on my blog, I might as well post a photo of an archer shooting an arrow while riding on a sacred horse!


This is a Camera Critters #144 and Sunday In My City entry.


25 comments:

  1. What a very good and colourful action shot...

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  2. Wow! Great shot.

    You make me so want to go see them. In November, you say?

    And thank you again for all those info. I gained more insight on Japan from you. :)

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  3. Thanks for your answer! Here is mine: I don't wear hats :)

    This is a wonderful photo of the horseman in action!
    He wears a really nice traditional clothing. Have a good sunday you to!
    (I know there is already that day is, here is only saturday evening)

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  4. great action shot Yoshi! I love the look of intensity on the archer's face, and also the face of the horse. In answer to your query - Fahrenheit! sorry, I ought to have anticipated the question. in any case, it's very cold.

    I also notice the archer's left foot is turned in the direction he's looking. beautiful photo Yoshi.

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  5. Wow - this is a fabulous shot! Would like to know more about this tradition...

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  6. Not only beautiful, but a great action photo. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. It's a very EXCITING image. I love that the horse is heading right toward the viewer. It elevates the intensity of the image and puts me right in the moment.

    All that color is incredible. I'll bet this is an event where you find a photo everywhere you look.

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  8. Beautiful photo!!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  9. great shot there! always an interesting story to go with!

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  10. This must have been so enjoyable to watch and such great photographic opportunities too, like this one!

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  11. Perfect shot. What a costume, beautiful colors!

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  12. a very nice and coloreful actionpicture - well done

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  13. Beautiful action shot. Wonderful colors.

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  14. wow.... i was doing research japan trying to think what show to catch if there's time, was wondering whtr kabuki is good. we also planning to watch cirque du soleil at disney.

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  15. I love this picture for so many reasons, mostly because it combines two things in which I've always been interested: horses and archery.

    It's a very nice shot. Now I'm going to follow the links you've put in the post and see what I'll learn!

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  16. Amazing
    work
    thank you for sharing

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  17. What an amazing photo. Thanks for sharing it.

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  18. WoW! What a gorgeous shot filled with color and detail. I've never seen anything like this so I appreciate your sharing.
    Happy SIMC, jj

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  19. It's pretty unbelievable that he is doing this in flip flops too! Great shot!

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  20. Fantastic capture! Great timing.

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  21. Brilliant. I am actually quite fascinated with Japan.

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