The first ya (arrow) is ‘notched’ (put on the bowstring) and the second held. One is female and the other male
Sanjusangendo. Built in 1164, it is the site of a 120-metre archery hall that is still used for special occasions.
Sanjusangendo, built in 1164, re-built in 1266. The narrow, 120-metre archery hall has been the site of the most spectacular feats of archery. In the mid-17th century Wasa Daihachiro shot 13,053 arrows (making 8,133 hits) in a single 24-hour period – an average of nine arrows a minute.
The grace and artistry of the bow, the quiet elegance of the traditional attire, the dignity and tranquility of the archer.
Three layers are tightly bound and glued, then wedges are hammered in to the hemp string, to create the curves
Stone icon on a pilgrim route on Mt. Koya of a Shinto goddess holding elements of the wheel, bow, arrow.
The composite woods of a yumi are glued and bound at great speed the whole 2-metre-plus bow is prepared in less than two minutes.
Zen perfection in all things is aimed for, from the neatness of the kyudojo to the cleanness of the kimono.
The West Embraces an Ancient Art Form
For hundreds of years, the grace and tranquillity of archery has served as an ideal expression of Japanese culture. Kyudo, the oldest form of Japanese martial arts, employs the use of exquisite, handcrafted bows and arrows in order to perfectly balance the archer’s technique with the mind and body. This in turn allows one to connect with the inner human spirit to improve one’s personality and achieve a pure mind. It is only in the last 30 years that the mysteries of kyudo have been taught in the West, with schools popping up worldwide. A search of inner peace and reveal the secrets behind kyudo’s recent mass appeal.
Text Jules Marshall