Kisha(the equestrian archery technique ) originally started from an archery training on horseback and afterwards it has been performed as a ritual ceremony by degrees.
It is very brave and superb ceremony; the archers on rapid horseback wear full formal hunting outfits of the Kamakura era called "A-ge-Shozoku", glorious hunting costumes and they shoot 3 targets set up in about 250m straight riding track.
This ceremony is definitely described as a lively picture scroll showing the audiences a great spectacle and the aspects of the hearts and spirits bare in the Japanese Samurai warriors in the Kamakura era.
The Kasagake is a casual archery performance more like a game and it was first started from the general Yoritomo's playful fancy that had come across his head in a hunting field.
When Yoritomo Minamoto went on hunting at the territory of a feudal lord, Yoshishige Nitta, he saw his subordinate's Ayai-gasa (a rash hat) untied and blown in the air, and then he playfully ordered his subordinates to shoot it, it is said to be an origin of the Kasagake.
The Inuoimono has been said that it was derived from the Ushioimono (cow hunting performance).
It was performed in the Kamakura era and that fact is recorded in the ancient Japanese equestrian archery archives called "Kisya- Hisho" and "Inuoiomono-Meyasu".


Features of the Yabusame items e.g. harness, bows, arrows, and traditional hunting costumes are fully described.