Ever wonder what to do when you’re having one of those days and more than one shitsu happens at once? The advice from the main teacher at the tutorial before the shinsa (kyoshi, 7-dan) was that you should deal with the objects from largest to smallest. So, first the bow, then an arrow, and then a bowstring. Of course, you need to do that in a way that is as quick and quiet as possible, so other, less ill-fated people, can continue. I hope that never happens, but it’s good to know, just in case.
What did happen to me during the tutorial was that a hazu actually broke, so not only did the arrow fall, but a little half-hazu went skittering across the floor like a broken tooth. I took care of the arrow, but wasn’t sure what to do about the hazu since it flew pretty far away. The teacher just picked it up, perhaps in the interest of time, but what to do in a shinsa?
On the one hand, it’s tiny, so perhaps not important, yet if someone accidentally stepped on it, or worse, sank down in kiza so that their knee came down on it, it could be a disaster, so I think it would be my responsibility to go get it after picking up the arrow assuming, of course, that I knew where it went. I’ll check on that question next chance I have.
The follow-up note is here.