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Kyudo - Japanese Ceremonial Archery (Discipline of the Samurai & Most Important Skill of Samurai)

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Date: Saturday, 13 January, 2018       Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This Event is 1 Day.
Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute - (PJCI)
595 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: (626) 449-5487
Location Website: Click to Visit

noteKyūdō (きゅうどう), which means “way of the bow", is the modern name for Japanese archery. Originally in Japan, kyujutsu, the “art of the bow", was a discipline of the samurai, the Japanese warrior class. The bow is a long range weapon that allowed a military unit to engage an opposing force while it was still far away. If the archers were mounted on horseback, they could be used to even more devastating effect as a mobile weapons platform. Archers were also used in sieges and sea battles.

However, from the 16th century onward, firearms slowly displaced the bow as the dominant battlefield weapon. As the bow lost its significance as a weapon of war, and under the influence of Buddhism, Shinto, Daoism and Confucianism, Japanese archery evolved into kyudō, the “way of the bow". In some schools kyudō is practiced as a highly refined contemplative practice, while in other schools it is practiced as a sport. -Wikipedia

Most Important Skill of Samurai
For much of Japanese history, archery was considered to be the most important skill of the samurai, more important than the swordsmanship with which they are nowadays more closely associated. The importance of bows and arrows in Japanese warfare began to decline after the Portuguese introduced matchlock rifles to Japan in 1543. With the bow losing its place as a weapon of war, it increasingly took on a ceremonial role, leading ultimately to the highly ritualized form of archery that is kyudo. -Unmissablejapan.com

January 13, 2018

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Visitors and Beginners are always welcome.

Saturday, 13 January, 2018


Rick Beal

Phone: (626) 367-9157
Location Website: Click to Visit


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