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Kyudo Notebook: Little Things

Things have been weird lately. After a period of stability the arrows started flying all over the place, sometimes as much as one or two target-widths away. What’s going on? I couldn’t figure it out and I think my teachers … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Arrow Lore

This past weekend I was in Tokyo for work, and a friend wanted to check out Hasegawa Kyuguten, a shop I’d never been to, and which is known for take-ya, so off we went. The idea was to drop in … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Maintenance

The other day I noticed that the kusune protecting the tsuru-makura on my glove (kake) had worn away a bit, so my teacher fixed it this morning so I wanted to make a note of how it was done. It’s … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nagoya 2014 (3) Muscles

One of the best series of general instructions in our group had to do with the the need to build strength and train one’s muscles. Usami-sensei asked us how many times a week we practised, and how many arrows we … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Yugaeri and Nigirikawa

Just a quick note. I’ve been having trouble with yugaeri since changing my tenouchi. Today my teacher helped me work on that, trying various things with various degrees of success. After lunch I decided I need to take a breather … 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: Glycerin

One small thing. Until the seminar I’d been using the Tenkyu lotion/powder in place of fudeko. It does the job very well, but because it leaves very clear, bright white fingerprints on the sleeve of my black kimono, it’s always … Continue reading

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