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Yabusame is the traditional Japanese art of horseback archery, wherein an archer, riding at full gallop, attempts to pierce three sequential targets with Kaburaya, whistling arrows.
Yabusame has existed as a form of horseback combat archery since the Heian period (AD 794 - 1185). Later, during the Kamakura period (AD1185-1332), its popularity spread further through performance and study as a part of the Samurai code. Even after arrows were no longer used in battle, it remained as one of the Samurai arts during the peaceful Edo period (AD1603-1868). Around this time, it started to be performed regularly as a form of ritual prayer for peaceful times and a prosperous harvest.
As well as having a practical use in combat, Yabusame also has a more formal etiquette of honor attached to it, which has developed over the centuries. Even today, it is performed in ceremonial rites at shrines across Japan. It is the thrill and excitement of this ancient Shinto ritual, Yabusame, which is celebrated in the finely crafted details of this limited edition fountain pen.
Only 99 limited edition pens have been produced worldwide. The pen body of the Emperor Vest type has been decorated by the skilled artisan Michifumi, employing refined Maki-e techniques. The motif shows the Yabusame spring ritual, to pray for a successful crop. As the cherry blossoms burst into bloom and the rice planting begins, an archer rides at full gallop, his bow trained on the targets. The thrill of the archer charging on his horse is brought to life in vivid detail with Taka (Raised) Maki-e technique. His hunting clothes are based on a traditional design, the vibrant colours drawn in exquisite detail. And the cherry blossoms create a gorgeous splash of spring with Taka Maki-e technique. The targets and curtain give the whole design a feeling of depth, through Taka Maki-e and Togidashi (Burnished) Maki-e techniques.
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99 pens have been produced on a pen body of the Emperor Vest type
Technique : togidashi & taka maki-e
Gold nib 18 cts
Full size : 172 mm