Category Archives: taihai

Kyudo Notebook: Shin-Gyou-Sou

Before leaving Haneda Airport to come back to Hokkaido I had a chance to visit their small “Discovery Museum” which currently has an exhibition of tea bowls from the Hosokawa Family collection. This is the same Hosokawa family as the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: #2 Kaizoe Notes

Just some quick notes after being #2 Kaizoe during the yawatashi the other day: When walking, standing need to make sure that the hands are really at the sides, perhaps with the little fingers aligned with the seam of the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Ooops

I think it was Onuma Hideharu-sensei, Dan and Jackie DeProspero’s teacher, who said that “when you pass a test you learn a little but when you fail a test you learn a lot.” That seems to be true, at least … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Ri

This morning I came across another description of ri (理), this time in a Japanese context. This is from an essay contained in the Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa (the man whose face appears on the 10,000 yen note): The most … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: The Show Must Go On

I haven’t written anything in a while because I’ve been struggling on various levels, and it’s hard to write when the conclusion still seems far away. It all began a few weeks ago when I happened to manage the best … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Some Refinements

It’s been a while! At one of the previous chuo-shinsa in Hokkaido where nobody passed, my teacher asked one of the shinsa-in why, and the answer was, “Everything up to uchiokoshi wasn’t good enough,” so we’re getting a lot of … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Back to the Dojo

After ten days away, back to the dojo yesterday with only about five hours of sleep. One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed before is that, when I have enforced time away from practice, but then come back to it after a … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: More Nagoya Notes

Just some additional notes/memories that have bubbled up to the surface in my mind since getting back: At one point Uozumi-sensei told the people in the wafuku (4-dan and up) group, “By now you should be able to shoot with … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Wide Experience

Many ups and downs. Things were strangely out of balance at practice before the final and that carried over into it, but oh, well. When your friend wins it’s still a win! Then we had another tutorial over the weekend, … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tutorial

Happy New Year! These are my notes from a November tutorial with a respected teacher, hanshi 8-dan. We’ve had this every year for three years now (see 2010, 2011). Compared to previous ones it seemed like this year more attention … Continue reading

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