Category Archives: taihai

Kyudo Notebook: Suki

One of the most difficult things about Kyudo, compared to most martial arts, is that we have no opponent to help us. There is this concept of suki (透き), a gap, opening, or vulnerability, but because we have no autonomous … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Snow

So winter has begun. Things have been quiet in part because there was so much to do getting the house ready, and in part because I’ve been struggling with the same general problem since August, where arrows would go quite … 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: #2 Kaizoe Notes

Just some quick notes after being #2 Kaizoe during the yawatashi the other day: When walking, standing need to make sure that the hands are really at the sides, perhaps with the little fingers aligned with the seam of the … 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: Ri

This morning I came across another description of ri (理), this time in a Japanese context. This is from an essay contained in the Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa (the man whose face appears on the 10,000 yen note): The most … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: The Show Must Go On

I haven’t written anything in a while because I’ve been struggling on various levels, and it’s hard to write when the conclusion still seems far away. It all began a few weeks ago when I happened to manage the best … Continue reading

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