27th March 2023
An evening with Jim Gaynor, Sports Yabusame competitor, instructor and director of Sports Yabusame events at Tolga/Atherton Pony Club.
Join the Australia-Japan Society for an evening with Jim Gaynor, Sports Yabusame competitor, instructor and director of Sports Yabusame events at Tolga/Atherton Pony Club.
This presentation will be a deep-dive into the Sports Yabusame: the history and costume; describing both the ritual and non ritual aspects, the Shamanic implications of the Shinto Ritual, and raise topics regarding the difference of the role of history in the East and West.
SPEAKER BIO: JIM GAYNOR
While living in Japan I was introduced to Sports Yabusame. It was the most beautifully ridiculous activity I had ever seen, which made me fall in awe and love with it immediately. After practicing and competing in 4 international tournaments, I returned to Australia, got bored, and decided to start the sport here. Now, after 10 years, I have a club, 2 horses, and do tournaments! I even have willing participants from both Australian and Japanese origins, to share the delusion that this is somehow practical and worth the time and effort involved! Let the heroic outstretch of rider at full draw, Samurai robes flowing, the steed hurtling in glorious fury, command your imagination for an evening with me, Jim Gaynor, a 50+ relocated expat living with my Japanese wife and step sons in FNQ!
Online | Free | 7:00 – 8:00 PM