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Seated Amida Buddha. Japan, Kamakura Period, 13th Century. Hinoki wood. 21.25 x 17.3 x 14.1 inches (54 x 44 x 36 cm). EXHIBITIONS & OPEN HOUSE MARCH 15–23 Selections of Japanese Art OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND MARCH 16–17 Saturday and Sunday, 10–6pm HOURS Monday through Saturday, 10–6pm (otherwise by appointment)

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Yabusame is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets. This style of archery has its origins at the beginning of the Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became alarmed at the lack of archery skills his samurai had. He organized yabusame as a form of practice.

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Japan: “In the earlier periods such as the Heian and Kamakura, there were female members of the samurai class who became prominent or even present on the battlefield. Onna-musha or women warriors were very unusual. The most famous women warriors were Tomoe Gozen and Hangaku Gozen. Bushi women were trained mainly with the naginata because of its versatility against all types of enemies and weapons."

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Court lady of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) , Japan. Scan from book “The History of Women’s Costume in Japan.” Scanned by Lumikettu of Flickr. Japanese costume many centuries ago…recreation accomplished in Kyoto during the 1930’s

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Court lady of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) , Japan. Scan from book “The History of Women’s Costume in Japan.”  Scanned by Lumikettu of Flickr.  Japanese costume many centuries ago…recreation accomplished in Kyoto during the 1930’s

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