Yabusame is a type of archery mounted in traditional Japanese archery. This archery style originated in the early Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo panicked because of the lack of archery skills the samurai had. He organized yabusame as a form of practice.
They will ride together and try to shoot at least three arrows. These duels do not necessarily end with death, as long as the honor is satisfied. One of the most famous and famous events of the shooting in Japan occurred during the Genpei War.
At the Battle of Yashima, they were violently attacked by Genji on horseback, but Genji was stopped by the sea. When Heike waited for the right wind, they put out a fan suspended from the mast as a target for any archer Genji to shoot in a gesture of confrontation between enemies.
One of Genji’s samurai, Nasu no Yoichi, accepted the challenge. He rode his horse into the sea and shot the fans cleanly. Nasu has won many honors and his achievements are still organized to this day.
Yabusame is a mounted archery ritual performed by people riding on horseback in samurai hunting costumes to prepare for battle. Yabusame is not only a normal sport but also a solemn ceremony in rituals. It is the pastime of kings.
Later Yabusame was kept as a part of performing rituals in traditional festivals often held near the temple. Participants of the festival would gallop on a permitted road. Then they had to shoot 3 arrows to hit the target. In the ritual, the archers prepare the horse bridle most definitely and they begin to gallop trying to achieve all three goals.