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Tentative: Spring Yabusame | MOROYAMA

March 14 @ 08:00 17:00

Yabusame is the military art of discharging an arrow at a target while riding on a running horse. Each year in both Autumn and Spring Moroyama town celebrates this ancient military art form. The festival in Moroyama has been celebrated for the last 950 years.

Moroyama is the only place in Saitama where teenage boys perform the yabusame as a cultural rite of passage during the Autumn Event. Spring is equally exceptional and magnificent with children aged between 3 and 6 years old participating on horseback in the festival.

Furthermore, the event has been  running bi-annually for almost a thousand years. Consequently, it was designated as a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2005. Yabusame was first practised by Samurai Warriors in the late Heian period until the end of the Kamakura period.

Spring Yabusame Moroyama 

The spring yabusame event is held annually on the second Sunday of March. It is a one day event, with the main part of the event takes place about 1.30 pm. A young boy no older than 7 years old is paraded through the grounds of the shrine on horseback. He is dressed in a traditional costume much like a little warrior doll.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Spring Yabusame in Moroyama was cancelled in the bid to curtail the spread of the COVID 19 Coronavirus. 

In both spring and autumn, the sacred young boys shoot at targets with arrows imparted with divining power. In Spring only one arrow is shot.

Yabusame in Moroyama

Also in Moroyama: an all year round strawberry cafe. Nearby: a hot spring and spa with great indoor glamping play area for kids. And you can enjoy strawberry picking in the area at this time of year.

Moroyama is also known for its roses. Takinoiri Garden opens in May and October for the respective spring and autumn rose seasons. There is also a stunning open garden that opens for a similar period – on this blog: Garden Cafe Greenrose

Moroyama Town official website

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Izumoiwai Shrine

5-17-1,iwainishi, Moroyama Town
Iruma Gun, Saitama 350-0465 Japan
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049-294-5317
http://www.saitama-jinjacho.or.jp/shrine/8953/

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