Japanese kyudo blogger posts pictures of different bowmaker curves.

A poster on the kyudo facebook page pointed out this Japanese blogger who was determined to photograph the different curves of the different Japanese bowmakers.  If you know the bowmaker it is very interesting to see the different curves:

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kazuukkk/folder/870697.html



ANKF Tournament regulations for three and five person shooting, effective 4/1/2014 (revised english translation of Aug. 22, 2014)

Note: I've added this translation to the "pages" on the right side of the blog for easy finding:
http://www.kyudoproject.com/p/ankf-tournament.html



THREE PERSON SHOOTING SEQUENCE FOR COMPETITIONS
(TWO ARROWS, SEATED)

(ANKF)
Shooting Sequence

1st Arrow,
 2nd Arrow

#1

#2

#3

Haya
(1st Arrow)

Begin shooting without delay.

Stand when #1 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune.

Stand when #2 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune.



Otoya
(2nd Arrow)

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do torikake at #3's tsurune.


After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune.

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune.
(enacted 4/1/14)
(revised trans. Aug. 22, 2014)


NOTES

1.      When entering the shajo, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, #1 performs the rei and #2 and #3 perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
2.      Proceed to the honza, assume the kiza position, execute the yuu in unison (3 breaths) , and proceed to the shai.
*when there is previous group, enter the shajo at the tsurune of #3's haya, assume the kiza position at honza, and wait.
*Perform the yuu in unison at the final tsurune, stand at the yudaoshi, and proceed to the shai after the 3rd archer has retreated and taken the first step to the right.
*There are some cases where the archers perform the yuu in unison and proceed to the shai after the facilitator gives the "Start!" signal.
3.      Assume kiza at the shai, turn to the wakijoumen, raise the bows, and nock the arrows.
4.      After the shooting is completed, leave the shajo in sequence starting with #1.
5.      At the exit, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
6.      Don't spend too much time on the pre- and post-shooting actions.
7.      When 4 arrows are being shot, and when there are 4 archers, follow this procedure as closely as possible.
8.      In the case where a time limit has been set, it is acceptable to speed up the proceedings so long as the shooting order is maintained.


FIVE PERSON SHOOTING SEQUENCE FOR COMPETITIONS
(TWO ARROWS, SEATED)

(ANKF)
Shooting Sequence

1st Arrow,
 2nd Arrow

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

Haya
(1st Arrow)

Begin shooting without delay.

Stand when #1 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune.


Stand when #2 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune.

Stand when #3 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #3's tsurune.

Stand when #4 has stood and placed his hand on his hip.

Do uchiokoshi at #4's tsurune.


Otoya
(2nd Arrow)

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do torikake at #5's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #3's tsurune and proceed with shooting..

After shooting, sit, nock the arrow, and stand.

Do uchiokoshi at #4's tsurune and proceed with shooting..


NOTES

1.      When entering the shajo, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, #1 performs the rei and #2 and #3 perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
2.      Proceed to the honza, assume the kiza position, execute the yuu in unison (3 breaths) , and proceed to the shai.
*when there is previous group, enter the shajo at the tsurune of #3's haya, assume the kiza position at honza, and wait.
*Perform the yuu in unison at the final tsurune, stand at the yudaoshi, and proceed to the shai after the 3rd archer has retreated and taken the first step to the right.
*There are some cases where the archers perform the yuu in unison and proceed to the shai after the facilitator gives the "Start!" signal.
3.      Assume kiza at the shai, turn to the wakijoumen, raise the bows, and nock the arrows.
4.      After the shooting is completed, leave the shajo in sequence starting with #1.
5.      At the exit, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
6.      Don't spend too much time on the pre- and post-shooting actions.
7.      When 4 arrows are being shot, and when there are 4 archers, follow this procedure as closely as possible.
8.      In the case where a time limit has been set, it is acceptable to speed up the proceedings so long as the shooting order is maintained.






THREE PERSON SHOOTING SEQUENCE FOR COMPETITIONS
(TWO ARROWS, STANDING)

(ANKF)
Shooting Sequence

1st Arrow,
 2nd Arrow

#1

#2

#3

Haya
(1st Arrow)

Begin shooting without delay.


Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune.


Otoya
(2nd Arrow)

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do torikake at #3's tsurune and proceed with shooting.


After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune and proceed with shooting.
(enacted 4/1/14)


NOTES

1.      When entering the shajo, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, #1 performs the rei and #2 and #3 perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
2.      Proceed to the honza, assume the kiza position, execute the yuu in unison (3 breaths) , and proceed to the shai.
*when there is previous group, enter the shajo at the tsurune of #3's haya, assume the kiza position at honza, and wait.
*Perform the yuu in unison at the final tsurune, stand at the yudaoshi, and proceed to the shai after the 3rd archer has retreated and taken the first step to the right.
*There are some cases where the archers perform the yuu in unison and proceed to the shai after the facilitator gives the "Start!" signal.
3.      Assume kiza at the shai, turn to the wakijoumen, raise the bows, and nock the arrows.
4.      After the shooting is completed, leave the shajo in sequence starting with #1.
5.      At the exit, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
6.      Don't spend too much time on the pre- and post-shooting actions.
7.      When 4 arrows are being shot, and when there are 4 archers, follow this procedure as closely as possible.
8.      In the case where a time limit has been set, it is acceptable to speed up the proceedings so long as the shooting order is maintained.


FIVE PERSON SHOOTING SEQUENCE FOR COMPETITIONS
(TWO ARROWS, STANDING)

(ANKF)


#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

Haya
(1st Arrow
)

Begin shooting without delay.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune.

Do uchiokoshi at #3's tsurune.

Do uchiokoshi at #4's tsurune.



Otoya
(2nd Arrow)

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do torikake at #5's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #1's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #2's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #3's tsurune and proceed with shooting.

After shooting, nock the arrow and wait.

Do uchiokoshi at #4's tsurune and proceed with shooting.


NOTES

1.      When entering the shajo, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, #1 performs the rei and #2 and #3 perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
2.      Proceed to the honza, assume the kiza position, execute the yuu in unison (3 breaths) , and proceed to the shai.
*when there is previous group, enter the shajo at the tsurune of #3's haya, assume the kiza position at honza, and wait.
*Perform the yuu in unison at the final tsurune, stand at the yudaoshi, and proceed to the shai after the 3rd archer has retreated and taken the first step to the right.
*There are some cases where the archers perform the yuu in unison and proceed to the shai after the facilitator gives the "Start!" signal.
3.      Assume kiza at the shai, turn to the wakijoumen, raise the bows, and nock the arrows.
4.      After the shooting is completed, leave the shajo in sequence starting with #1.
5.      At the exit, always face the joza (high seat) and, with proper intention, perform the yuu  (2 breaths).
6.      Don't spend too much time on the pre- and post-shooting actions.
7.      When 4 arrows are being shot, and when there are 4 archers, follow this procedure as closely as possible.
8.      In the case where a time limit has been set, it is acceptable to speed up the proceedings so long as the shooting order is maintained.


HOW TO HANDLE 4 ARROWS (ABBREVIATED EXPLANATION)

1.      Lower the bow as you turn to wakijoumen (place the urahazu on the floor), and place one pair of the arrows in front of your body (with the arrow points in the center of the body).
2.      Keeping the remaining pair of arrows in your hand (holding them either by the itsukebushi or by the arrow tips), place your hand on your hip.
3.      Raise the bow in the center of your body so that it is between your body and the arrows, and nock the arrow.
4.      For the next pair of arrows, take the arrows, (holding them either by the itsukebushi or by the arrow tips), and place your hand on your hip.
5.      Raise the bow in the center of your body and nock the arrow.