There are many schools of ‘Kyujutsu’ or ‘Kyudo’ Japanese archery, one of the leading military arts ranked with ‘Kendo’ or ‘Kenjutsu’ Japanese swordmanship.
Japaneese archery ‘Kyujutsu’ or ‘Kyudo’, needless to say, stems from a weapon, and it had largely developed since the 13th century, when ‘samurai’ warrior became a de facto ruler of Japan. ‘Yabusame’ the art of shoooting arrows on horseback at ‘Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine’ in Kamakura is a faithful trace of the day.
In the 16th century, after the introduction of firearms to Japan, the role of bow as a weapon came to an end. Then, archery took root as a way of training of the mind and body in Edo period in the 17th-19th century. Because the firearms were regarded as the weapons for low-ranking samurai or ninja, middle-ranking as well as high-ranking samurai spent all their time practicing archery and riding.
The picture shows Japanese archery of ‘Ogasawara’ school, a representative school based on a traditional form and manners.
[posted by Masahisa Takaki]
JTB is the best place to buy Japan Rail Pass, FREE shipping within USA!
Explore Japan’s top destinations with the help of JTB Sunrise Tours
Search JTB’s Special discounted Airfare to Japan and Asia
Latest posts by Japan Asia Travel Dept. (see all)
- The Ultimate Golden Tour from Luxury Escapes by JTB - May 4, 2019
- Escorted Tour from Honolulu Summer Kyoto Osaka USJ, Tokyo - August 14, 2018
- Escorted Tour from Honolulu, Hokkaido Lavender Tour 2018 - July 18, 2018