Jidai Matsuri: Yabusame Archer

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This photo features a member of the procession of Jonan Yabusame Archers from Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri. Yabusame Archers are from the Kamakura Period (1192 - 1333) of Japanese history, and they could put three arrows in a target while on horseback. Yabusame Archers also appear as part of Aoi Matsuri, another of Kyoto's big three festivals held every May 15. A brief but interesting article on Yabusame can be found here.