Title

Kyūdō: The Tools and Practice of Japanese Archery

Presenter

Jesse Moneyhun

Abstract

Most people translate the word kyūdō as “the way of the bow,” but I want to avoid making the easy association with zen and the art of archery. Instead, my presentation provides a historical context for kyūdō in traditional and modern Japan. I draw on my experiences with bows and arrows and other tools as a student of Japanese language and culture at the Associated Kyoto Program Center. In particular, I share an encounter that led me into a training hall for kyūjutsu or “the practice of using a bow with skill.” In the beginning, I did not shoot arrows. I learned how to sit and stand. I also learned how to put on a kaki (glove), how to hold a yumi (a bow) and how to notch a ya (arrow). I demonstrate these techniques in my presentation.

Faculty Sponsor

Ron Takemoto

Tracks

Japanese Language and Culture

Terms of Use

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Location

Olin 129

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

Associated Kyoto Program

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Kyūdō: The Tools and Practice of Japanese Archery

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Most people translate the word kyūdō as “the way of the bow,” but I want to avoid making the easy association with zen and the art of archery. Instead, my presentation provides a historical context for kyūdō in traditional and modern Japan. I draw on my experiences with bows and arrows and other tools as a student of Japanese language and culture at the Associated Kyoto Program Center. In particular, I share an encounter that led me into a training hall for kyūjutsu or “the practice of using a bow with skill.” In the beginning, I did not shoot arrows. I learned how to sit and stand. I also learned how to put on a kaki (glove), how to hold a yumi (a bow) and how to notch a ya (arrow). I demonstrate these techniques in my presentation.

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