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Review: Waza wo Kiwameru Kyudo

Since I just mentioned this book I thought I would write a little more about it, because it’s kind of unusual. The author, Takayanagi Noriaki (kyudo 5-dan) holds a 9-dan rank in (Western) archery, and has coached many winning teams, … Continue reading

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Review: Zen in the Art of Archery

For most people, this book needs no introduction. But just in case someone has been living on a deserted island for the past 60 years, it describes the experiences of the author, Eugen Herrigel, as he studied and practiced kyudo … Continue reading

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Review: One Arrow, One Life

Having written about some of the practical books I’ve found useful, I thought I would have a go at some that focus more on the depths, and what, for lack of a better term, might be called the spiritual side. … Continue reading

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Review: 弓道 Perfect Master

This book takes the second approach. The book is comprehensive and the DVD illustrates. The teacher behind the scenes is Muraki Tsuneo (村木恒夫), kyoshi 7-dan, but you rarely see him, and the person in front of the camera is Koyama … Continue reading

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Review: 基本の弓道

So speaking of books with a DVD, they seem to take two basic approaches. One is to have most of the instruction on the DVD, with the book serving mostly to summarize and provide guide to the information on the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Review: Kyudo: The Way of the Bow

Did I say 90%? Well there is more. This book by Feliks Hoff (kyoshi, 6-dan) (Originally Kyudo: Die Kunst des japanischen Bogenschießens) provides a wealth of detail on history, equipment, the hassetsu, and problem-solving and is in most cases an … Continue reading

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