SINGAPORE - After an introduction to the Singapore polo in 2011, the Barclays Japan Cup will celebrate its third year with a traditional mounted archery performance and the appearance of the only all-Japanese polo team in the world.
The all-Japanese polo team, sponsored by Pocari Sweat, will be taking the field for the first time. The team will face off against the Barclays team made up of Singapore Polo Club members.
On Aug 31 and Sept 1, guests will be treated to a yabusame performance.
Yabusame is traditional Japanese mounted archery dating back well over a thousand years. It involves a yabusame archer galloping down the sandtrack with his knees controlling the horse. He then draws and shoot his arrow twice at targets placed inside the field.
In more modern times in Japan, it is practiced more as a ritual and is performed at special events. The yabusame archers from Japan are students of the Ogasawara school and have studied it for most of their adult lives.
Preliminary polo matches will take place on Saturday, the finals on Sunday. Six teams sponsored by Barclays, Pocari Sweat, Rakuten, Royal Salute and American Express respectively will vie for the title.
Guest of Honor Deputy Chief of Missions Mr Toshihide Ando of the Embassy of Japan, together with Club President Iqbal Jumabhoy, will be performing the throw-in for the finals.
Guests will have the chance to have their pictures taken with a polo pony, in addition to a 'live' taiko drum performance.
The finals will be recorded for broadcast on ESPN/Fox Sports in Asia, Horse&Country TV in the UK and Benelux, and NowSports in Hong Kong.