Kyudo (Japanese Archery) Experience in Hiroshima

Kyudo (Japanese Archery) Experience in Hiroshima
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$96.63
Duration: 2 hours
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Description

With this program you will be able to experience a real Japanese Kyudo lesson even if you are a beginner. Not only will you be able to shoot an arrow to the target you will be able to understand the difference between Kyudo and a western archery. You will also dress the part making it a good program to take many pictures to show off back home to your friends and family.

By wearing the traditional Hakama and armor for archery, you will go in the sacred dojo which is used for big tournaments and experience the fun and also the challenging aspect of Kyudo (Japanese archery).

Usually in Kyudo you are not allowed to pull the arrow unless you master the basic, however even if you are a complete beginner you will be able to enjoy a real kyudo experience.

This plan is great for people who are looking for a nice photo or movie to show off on to your SNS.

What is Kyudo?
Kyudo is a martial art where you focus shooting an arrow from a Japanese bow to a target to reach a complete focus of mind and body. The main difference of Kyudo and a western archery is that in Kyudo every movement from going in the dojo to out and the shooting of the arrow follows a traditional routine, paying respect to their equipment and their opponents. The word Kyudo literally means the way of the bow, similar to Kendo, the way of the sword, and Sado, the way of the tea.

The difference between Kyudo and Archery.
According to the Nippon Kyudo Federation, the goal of kyudo is obtaining the state of "shin-zen-bi, which means "truth-goodness-beauty". One can reach this state when the archers shoots the arrow correctly (truth) with virtuous spirit and attitude towards all persons and all things (goodness), and lastly the beautiful shooting will be come to realization naturally. (beauty)

The Yumi or Japanese bow stands over two metres, surpassing the height of the archer. These bows are traditionally made of bamboo, wood and leather made from a technique that has not changed for centuries.

The Ya or arrow are traditionally made of bamboo, with a feather of a bird. The length of an arrow is about plus 6-10 centimetres from an archer's draw. Every arrow has a spinning direction that differs due to the direction from the feathers. The arrow you are used depends on your gender as well. The male version known as haya spins clockwise when shot. The female arrow shaft is known as an otoya and spins in the opposite direction.The reason for this is so the two arrows would prevent from colliding when shot at the same time.

The Japanese bow and arrow has correlation to religion as well. During the new year it is often that people will have the arrow in their house to wear off evil spirits and misfortunes and to attract good luck for the year.

With this experience you will be able to enjoy a different side of Japanese culture and enjoy taking pictures of your time to take back to your home!

With this program you will be able to experience a real Japanese Kyudo lesson even if you are a beginner. Not only will you be able to shoot an arrow to the target you will be able to understand the difference between Kyudo and a western archery. You will also dress the part making it a good program to take many pictures to show off back home to your friends and family.