Kyudo: Traditional Japanese Archery Ceremony


Shooting the Japanese bamboo bow was once a battlefield skill of samurai. Today kyud, The Way of the Bow, is a character-building art, a form of self-development that teaches the archer to cultivate technical precision, a clear mind, and freedom from distractions and  fear. Members of Tucson’s Arizona Kyudo Kai will draw their nearly eight-foot-long bows at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson and let shafts fly from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, Jan 26. They’ll also ex- plain the ceremonial etiquette, traditional dress, and shooting procedures and stances that make Japanese archery a discipline for both body and mind, simultaneously competitive and meditative. As an arrow feels the pull of the earth, you’ll feel the pull of kyudat this exceptional event, which is free for Yume members. Non-member admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 15, and includes Gardens entry. Seating is limited and reservations are required. http://www.yumegardens.org/japanese-archery-demonstration/

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