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A sport practised by courtiers at the Japanese imperial court, prominent from the 12th to 15th centuries, combining the skills of the archer with those of the equestrian. ‘The contestants drew their bows and loosed their arrows while galloping down a straight track some 220 to 270 meters long’ (Allen Guttmann, Sports: The First Five Millennia, 2004). The sport combined entertainment for the court with the exhibition of military skills.

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