Yabusame of Murou Shrine

 

Two horses running in a residential area

Every year on November 11 (Culture Day), an annual festival is held at Murou Shrine in Yamakita.  

The most notable feature is the Yabusame, where two horses, the leader (the leading horse) and the archer (the rear horse), run through.

It is designated as an intangible folk cultural property designated by Kanagawa Prefecture, and many people come to see it every year.

Yabusame of Murou Shrine
Yabusame of Murou Shrine

When the leading horse approaches the target, the two-headed Yabusame lifts the army fan and removes it, and then the horse's archer runs through the track while shooting three targets in order.

If you fire three times, the leading horse and the rear horse take turns, and a total of five firings are performed.

This Yabusame is handed down to Murou Shrine, located in Miyaji, Yamakita, Yamakita town. It is said that Yoshihide Kawamura was exiled from the practice of Yabusame performed at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura and was able to return to the old territory ("New edition Sagami country climate report" "Azuma Kan"). You.

It is said that Yoshihide thanked God for his return to the former territory and thanked God for the shrine festival and began to offer Yabusame.

Yabusame of Murou Shrine
Yabusame of Murou Shrine

According to the fact that the Yabusame was held in Kamakura in the first year of Kenkyu (1190), it is more than 800 years, considering that the Yabusame of Murou Shrine began after Yoshihide returned to the old territory. It is a historical ritual.

At one time, it was inherited by farmers, and was once used as a ritual to divulge rice cultivation the following year with a hit arrow.

The three targets represent Waseda, the second one is Central Rice, the third one is Late Rice, and it is said that the next year, if many hits, a good harvest will be made.

Today, it is an unusual Yabusame born and raised in Yamakita Town, and a resident who is still a resident is a rider.

Riders have been practicing the rituals and rituals that have been handed down since ancient times.

The Baba where the Yabusame is held is the approach to Murou Shrine and is about 340 meters long, but it is usually a paved road, so the day before the actual production, the residents' association cooperated and spread the sand for one day, and when it was over, remove the sand It seems to be.

It was a very impressive event, combining the sense of incongruity in a residential area with the power of seeing from just beside the approach to the approach!

Access to here

In case of train
・ XNUMX minutes walk from Yamakita Station on the JR Gotemba Line
・ Get off at Odakyu Line “Shin-Matsuda Station” and get off at Fujikyu Shonan Bus “Yamakita Station” or “Kishi Entrance” bus stop.
* IC cards such as "watermelon" and "Pasmo" cannot be used on the JR Gotemba Line. Buy a ticket at the departure station.
* There is no parking at Murou Shrine. Please use the public transportation.

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