Monthly Archives: June 2010

Kyudo Notebook: All-Japan University Championship

I had a free hour or two on my last day in Tokyo so wandered over to Meiji Jingu. I thought I might just catch some people practicing, and then check into the rules for practicing there myself next time … Continue reading

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Review: Zen in the Art of Archery

For most people, this book needs no introduction. But just in case someone has been living on a deserted island for the past 60 years, it describes the experiences of the author, Eugen Herrigel, as he studied and practiced kyudo … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Overheard

Today there was a special tutorial for people in the region who are renshi or kyoshi. The teachers where all hanshi. In fact we have this every year, and I always show up thinking that I’m going to practice, but … Continue reading

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Kyudo Video: The Old Days

These are some remarkable films of kyudo in the days before video. The first is from a taikai in Hakodate in 1936. It includes footage of Awa Kenzo (three years before his death) and several other well-known kyudoka of the … Continue reading

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What We’re After

Leaving kyudo for a moment (but not really) sometime yesterday the nickel finally dropped, as it does, and I realized that, all of the wonderful philosophy and terminology aside, the point of Buddhism is just happiness. True happiness, that is, … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tenouchi

So as often happens, whenever my shooting appear to be stabilizing, the teachers change something. It’s all part of a gradual process of refinement, I imagine, so perhaps it’s a sign of progress that the changes they suggest these days … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Taikai

Lessons learned from the taikai: It seems like every kyudojo has different architecture, but I’ve been very surprised by the differences. It’s a good idea to explore and get used to the place right when you arrive. With enteki I … Continue reading

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