Yabusame by Namiki pays homage to Horseback Archery, which is an ancient Japanese tradition created in the Kamkura period to help samurai hone in on their archery skills. It is a yearly ceremony in which archers clad in the hunting outfit of medieval warriors shoot at three targets as they race by on horseback.
It The archer must be on horseback for it to be considered Yabusame. The rider then attempts to hit three wooden targets with turnip-headed arrows.
The pen barrel illustrates the powerful and charismatic scene of a Yabusame spring ritual, practiced in prayer for a successful crop. The adventure of the archer charging on his horse is brought to life in vivid detail with the Taka (Raised) Maki-e technique. His hunting clothes, featuring a traditional design, are accentuated by the vibrant colours drawn in exquisite detail. The cherry blossoms create a brilliant splash of spring with the Taka Maki-e technique, and the targets and curtain inspire a feeling of depth, through the Taka Maki-e and Togidashi (Burnished) Maki-e techniques.
The Namiki Yabusame Limited Edition Fountain Pen is Emperor sized and was painted by Michifumi. There will only be 99 creations available for the entire world.