Kyudo girls going through the motions
The Budo Center just happened to be having a practice day. We just walked in and had a look around, on our way to the Heian Shrine. After seeing a couple of teens beat each other up in the Kyu-Butokoden building, we moved down to watch the graceful archery, Kyudo. I like this shot because it shows several different stages through the process.
Kyudo is the martial art of Japanese archery, literally meaning "the way of the bow". The bow had been used in Japanese warfare for many centuries. It also served as a hunting tool.
Kyudo is a relatively popular recreational activity, practiced in kyudojo, special kyudo facilities found in schools, culture centers and the like. The bow used for kyudo is about two meters long, and stationary targets are located in a distance of either 28 or 60 meters.
An important part of kyudo is the ritual preparation of each shot. As in all the Japanese martial arts, the training of one's mind is essential in kyudo.