Despite the joys of seeing a horse in full flow, the soporific sport of Banei has remarkably managed to make watching these majestic beasts mundane — mind-numbing even. However, as luck would have it, the plodding pace of the aforementioned pastime is conveniently countered by the breakneck bravery of Yabusame. This latest instalment held at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura.
A sport where men are men,
their mounts are magnificent,
and the crowds, as is common, are congested.
Not that it affects the composure of the contestants of course.
And, as an added bonus of sorts, even the officials are fascinating to look at.
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