Review: もっとうまくなる!弓道

I’m mainly focusing on English here, but even for people who don’t read Japanese there are some useful Japanese books. These are mostly the ones aimed at students, and so tend to be loaded with photographs, illustrations, and sometimes even DVDs. Thus, even without being able to read all the comments, you can get some good ideas.

Cover Photo


Of course, the books all cover the same basic material, but the emphasis shifts from author to author. This one by Matsuo Makinori (松尾牧則), at the International Budo University, is the one I like best (so far) when it comes to a book by itself, that is, one without a DVD.

Since the author is a university teacher and coach, he’s probably had many chances to try things out and see what works, and the organization is quite good:

  • Five points for improving your kyudo skill
  • Shaho hassetsu
  • Fundamental postures/movements
  • Common problems
  • Competition and Examination format
  • Equipment selection and maintenance

For some reason I find the photographs and diagrams included in this book particularly clear and informative. The section on equipment is more detailed than most, and there is a glossary in the back (in Japanese) with basic kyudo terms.

The list price for the book is ¥1,200 (plus tax) and it can usually be found in bookstores or ordered on-line. A reliable source for people outside Japan is Amazon, but alas, there are no discounts like at Amazon in the US! Probably, though, if you were only going to order one book, it would be better to get one with a DVD.

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2 Responses to Review: もっとうまくなる!弓道

  1. Zen says:

    I am reading this book it is great, deals with breathing, Zen, Taoism, Buddhism and Kyudo. Check it out.

    Kyudo: The Art of Zen Archery [Paperback]
    Hans J. Stein

    • karamatsu says:

      Thanks! I’ll look for it! I’m particularly interested in the breathing aspect, but will be travelling for work all week so no chance to talk it over with teachers. If I’m lucky I may get a chance to go to Engaku-ji, but it depends on weather and a visitor from the US. You wouldn’t believe how hot it is now, after the cold when you were here. Today it was like 30C.

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