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There are many schools of ‘Kyujutsu’ or ‘Kyudo’ Japanese archery, one of the leading military arts ranked with ‘Kendo’ or ‘Kenjutsu’ Japanese swordmanship.

Posted By on Jun 9, 2015

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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]

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