葭始生 あしはじめてしょうず

Reed starts to sprout out

Reed starts to sprout out from around 20 – 24 April. In the summer reed grows very thick at the waterside, it changes to gold and in the late spring again.

JAPAN’s former name is “TOYOASIHARA MIZUHO NO KUNI” which means that “A country rich in rice utilized a marsh where is well grown. From , reed figured as a ship or used as a torch. In Kyoto thee is a festival associatedlegend, which the Emperor TENMU tied s together as a torch and led in ‘Jinshin War’. Since deeply involved to Japan.

 

あしはじめてしょうず 4月20日から24日頃。夏に水辺に青々と背高くしげり 秋には黄金色に変わる葦(あし)は、晩春に生え始めます。 わが国の古称は、「豊葦原瑞穂国(とよあしはらみずほのくに)」。意味は「葦が豊かに生えている湿地を利用して稲が豊かに稔る国」。 神話には船となり登場するほか 神社のたいまつにも使われています。京都では、壬申の乱の際に大海人皇子(天武天皇)が葦を束ね、たいまつを灯して道案内した伝説に因む祭りが今もあります。 古来より、日本と関わりが深い植物なんですね。

 

Sakura Yabusame in Towada, AOMORI  桜流鏑馬  青森県十和田市

Info from WEB

 

About SAKURA YABUSAME 2018 (quated from the web)

Women’s yabusame horseback archery competition under the cherry blossom trees!

■Date: April 21-22, 2018
■Time: 10:00-14:00
■Location: Towada City Central Park (Chuo Koen) Yabusame Venue
■Admission: Free

■Events/Attractions:
Women’s Yabusame competition
10:00~ Opening Ceremony
10:30~ Beginner & Intermediate Divisions; Team Competition
12:30~ Pro Division; Men’s Demonstration; Intermediate & Beginner Divisions
Apr 21: Photo Session
Apr 22: Award Ceremony
Horse Riding Experience (500yen~)
Leather Craft Making (200yen~)
Yabusame Event Venue Limited Edition Goods Sales
Food Stalls
& More!

■Complete Experience Tickets (満喫券 Mankitsu-ken)
Cost: 2000yen/day
Includes:
・Bento Lunch w/ Tea
・Paid Viewing Area Seat Ticket
・Horse Riding Experience
・Leather Craft Making
・Original Goods
・Discount Coupons, etc.
Purchase Period: February 1-April 14, 2018
(Advance Tickets Only; NO At-Door Tickets)
Purchase Location: Towada Horseback Riding Club
・In-Person (map) or By Phone* (0176-26-2945)
(*postage & handling fees may apply)

■Photo Contest
Your photo could be on the next event poster!
Submission Period: April 23-June 23, 2018
Results Announcement: Sunday Nobember 25, 2018
Entry Submission: Attach the entry form available at the event venue to the photo and submit
Photo Requirements: Photographs must have been taken at the 2018 Sakura Yabusame event.

 

 

 

 

Column: KATSURAHAMA MEIGETSU コラム 桂浜名月