Traditional mounted archery event in Japan

People gathered to celebrate Yabusame, an ancient archery event held annually at Miyazaki Shrine in western Japan.

Archers on horseback in traditional Kamakura bushido costumes showcase their shooting skills.

The colouful knights gallop at full speed while aiming to hit targets on the horse-riding course.

If the target is hit, confetti is released, to the delight of the audience.

The event is held in April when the blossom is in full bloom.

It’s believed Yabusame dates back to the 12th century and was created as a way to please and entertain the gods that watched over Japan.