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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