Japanese art of archery - kyudo.


Kyudo (弓道 kyūdō, way of the bow) is the Japanese martial art (gendai budō) of archery; kyudo practitioners are referred to as kyūdōka (弓道家). Kyudo is based on kyūjutsu (art of archery), which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan.

Yabusame (festival in japan)



Kyudo, or way of the bow, while derived from one of Japan?s oldest martial traditions is not practiced today as a martial art, or a sport, but as a form of spiritual practice associated with Zen.

> Kyudo 1930s

A young Archer holding his bow in the Kai (full draw) position. The stippling on the photograph is caused by the acidic cardboard mount eating into the image.