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Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

Yasuji. Just look at it. Can you see it? Seeing is the first step, for all those like me who can’t do it right from the start. The “yasuji” is literally translated from Japanese as, “arrow line.” Take a look at the arrow, and imagine a straight line extending forever from both ends. In the… Continue reading Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

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The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

This is a continuation from a previous post titled, “The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses.” Gojuu-Jumonji are 5 important crosses in our form that are vital to tsumeai, and proper form that allow us to shoot a straight arrow. These crosses can be best seen in the phase of kai, the full draw. The… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part VI: Latter Parts of the Shaho-Kun

This is Part VI in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. It is basically understood that the Raiki-Shagi is talking about the moral side of kyudo,… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part VI: Latter Parts of the Shaho-Kun