japanese samurai | Re: The Medieval European Knight vs. The Feudal Japanese Samurai

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Yabusame is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets. This style of archery has its origins at beginning of Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became alarmed at the lack of archery skills his samurai had. He organized yabusame as a form of practice.

Samurai on a horse

Lady Tomoe Gozen - the most famous of samurai women

Heroes and Heroines in the Tale of Heike - Samurai and Horse Heading for a Battle from Toyohara Chikanobu Woodblock Prints of Heroes and Heroines 1898

Title: Hangakujo. Title Translation: The female warrior Hangaku. Creator: Taiso, Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892. Date Published: Japan : Tsunajima Kamekichi, 1885. Medium: 1 print: woodcut, color. Summary: Han Gaku, historical woman warrior, armed and armored, seated on a rearing horse.

Kuniyoshi, The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden - Saijinki Kwakusei Armed with a Spear on a Plunging Horse

Doughty Samurai on the Horse

Yabusame horseback archery

Japan yabusame: archery. Very cool to watch

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