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Kyudo Notebook: Revisions

One of my favorite lines in the English translation of the Kyudo Kyohon is “[Beauty] is the form of Truth expressed in the application of Good.” [pg. 20], and I’ve always been a bit perplexed because this line doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: School Kyudo

I’m on a roll! Well, just some down time after a long period of intense work. People, including me, often talk about school kyudo as being fixated on hitting the target. After all, they’re kids, and it’s looked on as … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: 27th International Seminar of Budo Culture

At the dojo today I was given information about the 27th International Seminar of Budo Culture, aka “The Chiba Seminar.” I went to the 24th and wrote a bit about it here. The unique feature of this seminar is that … Continue reading

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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: 心

Recently I had a bit of a heart-to-heart with my teacher at an onsen. We have a party there every January to kick off the new year. What he’s been telling me since last year (or really before that… hmmm…) … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Raiki Shagi

After the Nagoya seminar I was pondering the origins of the two texts that seem to have pride of place in modern Kyudo, the Raiki Shagi and Shahou Kun. The history of the second text is given briefly in Uno-sensei‘s … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Essays in Idleness

I’m in Kansai now, and have some down time while my travel partner isn’t feeling well. So I bought Kenkō’s Tsurezuregusa, the Essays in Idleness, and have been enjoying it quite a bit. There are many good passages that, contrary … Continue reading

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