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Kyudo to be showcased in India

'Kyudo' is the highly meditative and purest form of martial art of Japanese Archery, writes Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 21:30 IST

'Kyudo' the highly meditative and purest form of martial art of Japanese Archery is going to be displayed for the first time in the country. 

Kyudo's ultimate goals are Shin (Truth ie the ultimate reality), Zen (Goodness) and Bi (Beauty). 

Under the aegis of the Japan Foundation a group of four archers Uozumi Ichiro, Takahashi Nori, Iijima Masao and Obata Koichi are going to perform for the first time at the Rishikul Vidyapeeth at Sonepat on October 24 and later at the Japanese School in New Delhi on October 25.

Kyudo is not a sport but a spiritual art. It is a path of self discovery and self-realization. By learning it, you are actually learning about yourself.

By improving in Kyudo one aims at improving oneself. This is the main purpose in modern Kyudo. 

"In Kyudo, it is not necessarily hitting a target, but it's a matter of precision and discipline: the relationship you have with the bow, the arrow, your body and your mind. It is basically a standing meditation. When you shoot, you can see the reflection of your mind, as in a mirror. The target is the mirror. When you release, you cut ego or attitude. You can see your own mind."

The original word of Japanese archery was kyujutsu (bow technique) and the archer is called 'kyudoka'.

Kyudo means the 'Way of the Bow' (kyu means bow and do means a path/way). 
The Japanese bow 'Yumi' traditionally made of bamboo, wood or leather is of over 2 metres length and taller even than the archer.

The arrows called 'Ya' are traditionally made of bamboo with either eagle or hawk feathers. Now-a-days Ya shafts are made of aluminium or carbon fibres and Ya feathers are obtained from non endangered birds such as turkey or swans.

The archer wears a glove on the right hand called 'yugake' traditionally made of deerskin with hardened thumb containing a groove at the base used to pull the string (tsuru).

The Japanese archers are not only going to conduct a lecture demonstration but give an opportunity to members of the audience to try their hand at Kyudo.