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Dressed in ornate period costume, a member of the Toyama-ryu "yabusame" horseback archery group takes aim at a target during a yabusame ritual in Machida, western Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 28 2010. During the late Heian era (794 to 1185) and Kamakura era (1185-1333) such archery was the domain of high-ranked samurai and was used as a military training exercise to keep samurai prepared for war. .Photographer: Robert Gilhooly