#337 Kyudo

弓道/Kyudo means “the way of the bow”.

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It is considered a martial art and is similar to archery.

There is a deep history and philosophy behind kyudo.

There are different types of kyudo – some aesthetic, that focus on the form and beauty. Others that are focused on efficiency and accuracy.

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It’s not all about hitting the target – it’s about the meditative and self-improvement aspects of the art.

But, it’s said that if you have correct form then you will shoot accurately.

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This is summed up in the phrase ‘真善美/shin-zen-bi’, which roughly means “truth, goodness and beauty“.

The Japanese bow is called 弓/yumi and is very long – around 2 meters.

There’s a lot of specialised gear and clothing involved.

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There are also very specific rules on how to hold the bow, how to position yourself, how to move… down to the last detail.

It is a precise and beautiful art.

To learn more, check out Japan’s Official Kyudo Federation website here.

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