Yabusame and Monkeys - My Junior High School Blog
One great thing about Japan is all the festivals. Almost every month there are holidays and festivals. In November the 3rd was a holiday, and there was a Yabusame festival at Oomijingo Temple on the same day. Yabusame is the old warrior art of shooting from a moving horse. I have tried many adventure sports in my life, so I have tried both archery and horse riding. The idea of a sport that combined the two sounded very exciting to me. So I called a friend and we agreed to go together.
When we arrived the event had not started yet, so we could meet the horses in their Yabusame ‘costumes’.
When it started the Yabusame was very interesting. The riders went very fast and the targets they were shooting at got smaller and smaller so they needed a lot of skill to hit them.
After the Yabusame had finished we met the archers and also took a quick look around the Oomijingo Temple too.
I was surprised that the weather was still so warm and nice even though it was now November, and I wanted to do some more trip before it go too cold. So the next weekend I went to Arashiyama near Kyoto. What I really wanted to see were monkeys!
When I first arrived in Shiga I saw road signs with pictures of monkeys on them, but I had not seen a real monkey yet. I knew that there was a monkey park at Arashiyama, but I didn’t know that Arashiyama is such a nice place. The mountains, the river with all the boats, the bamboo groves; they all make it a wonderful place.
Still the most important thing was monkeys! So it was time to go to ‘Monkey Mountain’.
And I wasn’t disappointed – there were a lot of monkeys!!
I particularly liked the feeding station, where the people had to go inside to feed the monkeys who were all free outside, it was a nice change for the people to be in the cage instead of the animals.
After leaving Arashiyama I took a bit of time to look at the Christmas decorations in Kyoto too.
All the decorations reminded me that it was almost Christmas – being in Japan I hadn’t thought about Christmas much and I still had to buy presents for my family!!
I'd also like to wish all my readers a BIG - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!